Having heard Joshua L. Reid (Snohomish) present his research and analytic ideas at conferences in recent years, I have been eagerly awaiting his finished product, and The Sea Is My Country exceeds my high expectations. Reid produced a bench-setting monograph that is at once thoroughly established in the present and respectful of the past. This is not surprising, given that he always struck me as someone more interested in listening and learning than in speaking. Reid’s relationship with the Makah Indian tribe shines through the text, as indicated by the tribe’s participation throughout his years-long project. There are too many tribes with diverse histories and experiences, particularly regarding their relationships with academics, and too many individual scholars with their own experiences and agendas to have a ready guide for the right balance between tribal input and academic freedom; that said, Reid and...
Book Review| July 01 2016
The Sea Is My Country: The Maritime World of the Makahs, an Indigenous Borderlands People
The Sea Is My Country: The Maritime World of the Makahs, an Indigenous Borderlands People. By Reid, Joshua L.. (
New Haven, CT:
Yale University Press,
2015. . $40.00 cloth.)
Ethnohistory (2016) 63 (3): 583-584.
Gray H. Whaley; The Sea Is My Country: The Maritime World of the Makahs, an Indigenous Borderlands People. Ethnohistory 1 July 2016; 63 (3): 583–584. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00141801-3496923
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