"No woman would kill a whale. Whales give birth to livin' young, they don't lay eggs like fish. They feed their babies with milk from their breasts, like women, and we never killed them. The man who killed the whale never tasted whale meat from the time of his first kill until after he'd retired as a whaler. And neither did his wife, because he had to be purified and linked to the whale and the link was through his wife, by way of the woman's blood and woman's milk, and this was a promise made by Copper Woman, through the magic women, to the whales. No one linked to them will eat of them. It is a promise."
Anne Cameron, Daughters of Copper Woman.