Sunday, August 7, 2016

A Native Whaling Boat in Alaska


Native Whaling Boat
Inupiaq subsistence whalers paddle their umiak, or bearded seal skin boat, to find passing bowhead whales traveling though the open lead, during spring whaling season, Chukchi Sea, offshore from Barrow, Arctic coast of Alaska.

Photo: Steven J. Kazlowski

This unused postcard is from 2016.

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The IƱupiat (or Inupiaq) are an Inuit, Alaska Native people, whose traditional territory spans Norton Sound on the Bering Sea to the Canada–United States border.  (The old word for Inupiat is Eskimo.)

Barrow is a city that is located above the Arctic Circle in Northern Alaska.

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