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485-Whaling Festival – Barrow, AK

It always seems to work out this way. I had a problem with my ticket and had to stay over another day after teaching at the college. I brought work just in case I had to stay in my hotel room. But as it always happens when I travel to exotic places, I happen to be there on a special day. This was the first day of the festival for the new whaling season. The city held a parade, had Native whaling games and special events all over town. Somehow my travel magic always works. I should figure out how to bottle it and sell it. Here are some shots of the Native games and events.

CIMG6121Avataqpak race. These are the floats that they spear into the whale.

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CIMG6118Umiaq race. Tow your sled 100 yards, tie on your boat and tow it back.

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CIMG6112Closest I got to harpoon throwing.

CIMG6110Harpoon throwing to hit the black outline of the whale.

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CIMG6092One of the competing whale crews.

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CIMG6089Getting ready for the 2X4 race. Two boards – four runners.

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CIMG6087Construction was finished a week before I arrived.

CIMG6086Seal covered boats called an Umiaq on transportation sled.

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