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Native American Whalemen and the World: Indigenous Encounters and the Contingency of Race

Nancy Shoemaker


In the nineteenth century, nearly all Native American men living along the southern New England coast made their living traveling the world’s oceans on whaleships. Many were career whalemen, spending twenty years or more at sea. Their labor invigorated economically depressed reservations with vital income and led to complex and surprising connections with other Indigenous peoples, from the islands of the Pacific to the Arctic Ocean. At home, aboard ship, or around the world, Native American seafarers found themselves in a variety of situations, each with distinct racial expectations about who ... More

Keywords: Native Americans, New England coast, whaleships, racial ideologies, whalemen, sea, Indian, Indians

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781469622576
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469622576.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nancy Shoemaker, author