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482-Whaling – Barrow, AK

Barrow, AK is still a whaling city. Professional whaling is outlawed but subsistence whaling still is a way of life for Native Alaskans. Only Natives can hunt walrus, whale, polar bear, fox, and wolves in this region. The seal covered whaling boats are still used today. Hunters must sneak up on the whales and these ancient boats are silent in the water. Later in the season, powered boats are used to chase down the whales. Here are some photos from the Native Heritage Museum.

CIMG6047This is what they are hunting – the Bowhead whale.

CIMG6046Carving up the whale

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Woman’s kuspuk.

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Historical whaling outfits that are often still used.

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CIMG6038Skeleton of a seal covered whaling boat.

CIMG6037Whale camp rules.

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