Whale tooth

the tooth
the tooth

My great-grandfather from Norway hunted whales for a living. When he was fourteen, he had decided that he would run away from home. He first wanted to join the Norwegian Navy, but was too young. Then, he found out that to join a boat of whale hunters, he only had to be fourteen, so that’s what he did. He left to go on the boat, and from there, that’s what he did. At one point, he took this whale tooth from a sperm whale in Norway, and has been passed down from my grandma to my dad. This tooth has a lot of meaning to our family because of how far it has come and my family’s connection to the world. Since it has so much history and has been through multiple countries, as well as two continents, I see it as a way to remember where my family comes from, and how much the world has changed. This tooth has significant meaning to my family, our history, who we are, and where we are from.             

Place(s): Norway

– EF

Relationship:  Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more