His3813 - Pettit - The Newfoundland Seal Hunt: Heritage Defined by Cultural Significance

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Introduction M985.221.26 MP-1984.127.27 M5835.1-2 MP-1986.71.28 MP-0000.597.111 MP-1984.127.89 MP-0000.598.222 09332


Seal hunting disturbs many and yet represents a way of life for others. During the Nineteenth and early Twentieth centuries, the Newfoundland seal hunt supplied British firms dominating the market of seal products. One issue of the hunt was, and remains, the exploitation of seals. After the Second World War, the survival of seals concerned the scientific community and Canadian government. However, between benefiting from sealing and protecting seals was another story, that of the sealer. Sealing off the coast of Newfoundland was vital for many of Canada's people, particularly Newfoundlanders, demonstrated by how the hunt developed a legacy of cultural significance defined by hardship.