The story of the Makah reminded me of a small village in the far East of Flores: Lamalera. There, the people still are active in the Whale hunt, and have gained recognition for it in a more positive light:
After BBC featured this village a couple years ago on the Human Planet, an increasing number of tourists have also been visiting. Friends who were among the first dive charters to ply these waters said that a decade ago they would frequently see malnutrition in these villages. Now that more people visit, the indigenous people are more easily able to feed themselves.
In a sense, it was the education of our global, connected world about these people that had a substantial impact on their daily lives.