The Question and Answer section for The Whale Rider is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
I'm sorry, I do not understand your question as written. "Alien present"?
This quote explicity establishes the comparison between Koro and the old whale. This comparison is an important motif of the book, and it is the stepping stone for drawing the symbolic connection between the wandering whale herd and the Maori...
1) Man is supposed to be nature's protector, but mankind no longer acts in this capacity. Thus, nature is hostile and angry toward mankind.
2) Adhering to tradition or pushing tradtition aside for modernity