Modern technology and traditional knowledge contribute to Inupiaq whaling, which is culturally, economically, and nutritionally important.
Based in Wasilla, Bill Hess spent decades traveling to and photographing life in Inupiaq communities along Alaska’s Arctic coast.
Like stories of elves in Scandinavia or Menehune in Hawaii, indigenous Alaskans have stories of little people.
Jacob Anagi Adams, a lifelong leader who helped shape some of northern Alaska’s most important organizations, died in September 2020 at the age of 73.
Alice Qannik Glenn is a podcaster and one of three creators of Native Time. Photo by Serine Reeves. Three Millennial Alaskans teamed up to create a new platform that aims to amplify indigenous voices and experiences. Native Time, which launched earlier this year, is the brainchild of podcaster Alice Qannik Glenn, filmmaker Howdice Brown III, and M. Jacqui Lambert, a writer and designer. The three storytellers, who all have Inupiaq heritage, gathered over beers and sketched an idea to create a shared space that could engage and connect the Native community. “We want to uplift Native voices, Native art, Native opportunities, Native educators,” Glenn says. On top of promoting diverse perspectives, Native Time is also meant to be a space that pushes the conversation forward and incites progress. Alaska Native culture may often be portrayed as something ancestral, but Native Time is about contemporary stories. “I think it’s important our…
Alaska Senior Editor Michelle Theall shares Alaskan portraits from her time traveling and meeting people around the state. For this photo Theall writes, “When you live in Utqiagvik at the edge of the world, you make your own fun. Three kids sit atop a roof to rest after a day of biking along the Arctic Ocean. In typical Inupiat villages, seal pelts hang off ATVs and meat dries on sawhorses in front of homes. Gas is $7.00 a gallon and a two-liter bottle of Coca-Cola will cost you $10. However, bike riding and climbing on a neighbor’s shed remain free for now.” If you live or work in Alaska, you know that life here is different: simultaneously slower, harder, and more adventurous than in the Lower 48. People are fiercely independent, yet friendly. Communities possess unique personalities, defined in large part by their denizens or tourist offerings. Climbing and mining…
Nick Jans shares tales of caribou soup, moose nose, fermented walrus flipper, and other Eskimo foods he’s encountered through years of Inupiaq hospitality.
Reflections of a carnivore
Photos by Serine Reeves
Inupiaq woman’s podcast explores contemporary Native life
View the largest land predator at eye level.
[by Kevin McCarthy]