from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A member of a Native American people inhabiting the Cape Flattery area of northwest Washington.
  • noun The Wakashan language of the Makah.

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  • proper noun An indigenous North American people in the northwestern Olympic Peninsula of Washington state in North America.
  • proper noun A language belonging to the Southern Wakashan language family.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to the Makah nation or language.


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  • And, if you're in no rush to return to civilization, head north to Neah Bay, home to the Makah Indian Reservation the Makah cultural museum, with a description of the traditional whale hunt, is excellent and craggy Cape Flattery, the most northwest point in the continental U.S., at the end of a winding trail.

    Port Townsend, Washington

  • The Makah, the Muckleshoots, the Tulalip ... maybe Smith's really a just a shill for native casinos.

    GE Lobbying Firm is Rep. Smith’s Top Contributor « PubliCola

  • In 2008, four members of the Makah Tribe were sentenced to prison and probation for illegally killing a gray whale off the northwest coast of Washington.

    Nancy Black, Marine Biologist, Indicted For Violating Marine Mammal Protection Act (Video)

  • Is it essential to know the color of the slicker an unnamed detective is wearing in a bar as he listens in on a new informant, or to delve into an old caviar-trafficking case or the Makah tribe's whale hunt in the late 1990s?

    Craig Welch's "Shell Games: Rogues, Smugglers, and the Hunt for Nature's Bounty"

  • Besides, suppose you let a Makah claim their traditional rights, exercise their traditional culture, study their historical records to re-institute practices that had worked well for generations.

    Mainstream Lunacy | RedState

  • After listening to these accounts and watching Makah elders on the Olympia Peninsula cook salmon in this way, Jon Rowley, a former commercial fisherman who lives in Seattle and works as a consultant to both the fishing and wine industries, developed this method for slow oven roasting.

    One Big Table

  • The Makah generally season salmon with only salt and black pepper or spiceberry.

    One Big Table

  • Because of tensions with the Makah and an unsettled political relationship with the British, Neah Bay was abandoned in the fall of 1792, leaving behind only the crude bricks of a primitive bread oven.

    Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary

  • One site — Ozette Village — has given us a dramatic glimpse of Makah culture which centered around whaling and other ocean-dependent hunting, gathering and fishing activities.

    Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary

  • Today's Makah, Quileute, Hoh and Quinault tribes carry their heritage forward balancing their roles as natural resource managers and stewards of traditional culture.

    Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary


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