BARROW, ALASKA—i’m currently in barrow for work. there’s also a whaling celebration taking place today called nalukutaq and this is my first time attending this celebration from beginning to end.
anyway, to physically be here for this celebration is an eye opening experience. i get to see a traditional cultural practice unfold right before my eyes. i also get to see firsthand how central the bowhead whale is to the people of the north slope. its great.
i thoroughly enjoyed lunch yesterday with my friend waska, his wife, and some folks from back home. waska, a yup’ik man who relocated to barrow 20+ years ago, was gracious enough to invite some of us to his house for lunch. what did we have for lunch? we had fresh muktuk and frozen whale (called quaq). the lunch was delicious.
we leave barrow tomorrow on our way back home. tomorrow can wait. i’m enjoying my time here.
“People inflict pain on others in their selfish pursuit of happiness and satisfaction. Yet true happiness comes from a sense of brotherhood and sisterhood. We need to cultivate a sense of universal responsibility for one another and the planet we share.”—Dalai Lama
“Carbon dioxide is natural, it is not harmful, it is a part of Earth’s lifecycle. And yet we’re being told that we have to reduce this natural substance, reduce the American standard of living, to create an arbitrary reduction in something that is naturally occuring in Earth.”—In the Words of Michele Bachmann (via life)
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA—i’m sitting in some downtown shop with my two coworkers enjoying the free wifi and chill atmosphere. this little convenience store is on 4th avenue and i see cars driving by as well as tourists and rough-looking people, beaten by bars and alcohol.
anyways, we’re on our way to barrow for a joint planning commission meeting with the north slope borough. nalukutaq (a whaling celebration) will also happen while we are there. i’m excited. i’ve never been to a nalukutaq. this trip will be my first nalukutaq.
i’ll be sure to post pics on the celebration on here. i’ll take alot of pics!
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this year is a weird year for ugruk hunting. weird in the way that there were so much swimming out there.
i wasn’t able to partake in this spring’s festivities with ugruk hunting (damn work….), but i heard about so many people catching ugruk! there were so many stories i heard about people catching and catching some more. i’ve even heard of boys catching ugruk!
i’m glad so many people were able to harvest ugruk this year. i hope to go next year.