he Magdalene Islands
were the site of communal walrus hunts each spring for millennia.
Prior to European contact, walrus colonies estimated at more than
250,000 populated these islands. Such rookeries, or breeding
places, were significant seasonal sources of food and raw materials
for aboriginal peoples, providing hides, ivory and oil. So valuable
were these resources to aboriginal peoples that they were willing
to risk travelling across open seas to hunt the walrus.