Life with the World’s Last Hunter-Gatherer Whaling Tribe

Award-winning journalist Doug Bock Clark discusses his book The Last Whalers, which The New York Times calls, “immersive, densely reported, and altogether remarkable.” The Last Whalers chronicles three years in the life of an Indonesian tribe that hunts sperm whales with bamboo harpoons, using techniques that almost exactly replicate those used by American whalers centuries ago. Clark will discuss his book and how the tribe is reckoning with the encroachment of the modern world.

Doug Bock Clark is a Visiting Scholar at New York University whose writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, GQ, WIRED, The New Republic, and many other publications. His first book, The Last Whalers, was selected as an Editor’s Choice by The New York Times Book Review and praised as “altogether remarkable.” He won the 2017 Arthur L. Carter Reporting Award.




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