Makah Cultural and Research Center Online Museum

Whale Bone Drainage


View animation of village organization and drainage

Whalebones carefully aligned in trenches outside the walls of houses and under the floors helped direct rain runoff and ground seepage. The trenches evidently kept clogging with debris, however, necessitating the addition of deflecting boards and occasional rearrangement of the bones.


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