The thought that anyone, Eskimo or otherwise, would willingly kill a member of an endangered species that may have been swimming when George Washington was still alive makes me sick at heart. Honoring one’s ancestors could surely be achieved by going out in a whaleboat, engaging in a mock hunt, and showing true reverence for ancestral traditions by not slaughtering an intelligent, magnificent animal that may have eluded those very ancestors.

Gordon J. Louttit
Manhattan Beach, Calif.