Thursday, May 28, 2015

Whale Hunt

Today' picture is really sad and it shows the outcome as whaling became commercialized and was done for profit. This picture was taken in about 1900, and shows whales killed and put on the shore for processing.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Eskimo with Whale

Today's picture shows Eskimo processing a small whale they have caught. You can see the racks in the background where they dry the whale meat. The picture was taken in 1927.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Processing Whale

This picture shows a whale that has been killed, and pulled up on the beach for processing. The picture was taken in 1907.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Whaling Ship

Today's picture shows an old sailing ship that was used for whaling. The ship was known as the Grayhound. The picture was taken in. 1917.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Processing Whale

Today's picture shows a whale being processed after being killed. The picture was taken around 1940. I see a lot similarity between the hunting of whale and buffalo. Initially both these endeavors was by indigenous people who were doing it to survive, and wasted very little. Then in came commercial operations with huge waste and decimation of the population of the species, and then also stress on the indigenous populations as their food source was endangered.

Saturday, May 23, 2015


Welcome to whaling week here at OPOD. We will be looking at that now extinct career of hunting and processing whales. This picture was taken in 1903 and shows a killed whaled being processed alongside the whaling ship.

Friday, May 22, 2015


This picture shows the ingenious method Indians used to move their camp and belongings. The poles from the tipis were configured onto the horses to create a sled of sort, and then there things were loaded onto the sled. These were called Travois. They were almost as efficient as having wheels.

Thursday, May 21, 2015


Today's picture shows a group of Native Americans on lookout at the top of a mountain. You can see a lake in the background. This is a great picture that our old friend Nate Maas pointed me to.