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Inupiaq Values

COMPASSION

  Through the environment is harsh and cold, our ancestors learned to live with warmth, kindness, caring and compassion.

LOVE AND RESPECT FOR OUR ELDERS AND OTHERS

COOPERATION

HUMOR

SHARING

FAMILY AND KINSHIP

KNOWLEDGE OF LANGUAGE

HUNTING TRADITIONS

RESPECT FOR NATURE

HUMILITY

SPIRITUALITY

 

WE … know the power of prayer – We are a spiritual people !!  AMEN!

Whaling Festival – Point Hope

YOU are welcome .. to attend.. Whaling festival in Point Hope.. June 15 – 17th. 3 days of non – stop celebration.

Each clan was successfull this year in the Village of Point Hope.. Kamaktoaq & Uniqsiksiicauq ! Two festivals will be going on at the same time in Tikigaq. Join  the fun for 3 days you will never forget !! Open Invitation , FROM: The oldest people in all of North America !!  – Tikigaqmuit – The People of Point Hope Alaska

Come along, and enjoy the celebration

Barrow Nalakutaq dates are set for the last week of June : more details to follow

Back to Point Hope. The image above is @ Uniksigsiicauq Festival site

Kamaktoaq Festival site is pictured below ..

This is the second Festival site in the Village

 Do not believe the news reports about the weather and temp. It will be windy and very cold !! Be prepared !! You can always take clothes off. but if you do not have any. you can’t put them on. Be sure your ears are well protected and covered the wind in Point Hope is the strongest in the entire state. I purchased plans many years ago for a wind generator. Enclosed was a map of Alaska divided into wind zones for the entire state. 1 – 5 were the listings for different areas around the state. Barrow was a four Prudhoe bay was a 5. the entire rest of the state was 2 – 3 .  The number 5 was the highest you could find in the whole state, except for one place.. .. Point Hope was a 7 !!

Walking the blanket2007 The Successful captain of 2 received whales Russell Lane – ‘JJ’ Dances the walk on the blanket. This is not like a tramoline, the surface is hard, Great skill is required to dance the walk on this blanket, We cannot throw people very high into the air. it is too dangerous. the wind will catch that person and cause him to land 30 feet away. Many times the people holding the blanket have to run like hell to catch that person. Now a days the strength to throw that person into the iar is held back considerably especially when it is very windy out as it was this fine day. But none the less. 20 – 30 feet into the air is more than high enough for people to enjoy this favorite part of the festival. Day 3  the fun lasts all day long and far into the night which is bright sun 24 / 7

The image below is 3 of JJ’s sisters in full festival parky’s for the occasion. Each one of these sisters made her own festival parky – hand made! Exquisite craftsmanship. From left to right > Anna Lane – Julia Lane Kilak & Emily Lane. three proud sisters for their brother the Captain who received his first two whales  this year. 2007 In 2008 Elijah Attanguanna & Rex Rock were the successfull whaling captains each receiving one whale. Great celebration for each clan will be held in Point Hope this year, come on up for 3 days of spectacular fun filled days and nights of 24 / 7 sunlight !!

3 of the Lane sisters

Blanket toss is a much anticipated event at Whaling Festival. Anyone may get on the blanket for a ride high into the sky, Strike a pose. Show your form, all types of fun are to be observed during this event. But any There is much about blanket toss you do not know !!woman that has had a first born child will get on that blanket with ‘gifts’ to throw high into the air. It is a mad dash by the elders to get it all. Grown women in their 80’s compete by running, jumping, crashing head first into the gravel.   The agility that is present in these women is resurrected  with such speed and amazing balance, they are all grabbing and diving for that prize.!! Anything can happen during blanket toss.  Jacob Lane an experienced whaling captain fell the wrong way on the blanket in 2003, He spent many months in a cast and to this day his leg is not right !!  You have to be very careful of how you land on this hard surface. it has no give to it.  Some times, gravity takes over in a most unusual way and people go upside down.  This is no easy task, it requires practice. Don’t worry about falling over the blanket. Many skilled people are there to make sure no one falls off.  Click on  Festival on the left side of the page (PAGES)  and Whaling Festival on the right side of the page (CATEGORIES) for more indepth information !!  More to follow soon with lots more photographs.

Oops !!  Gravity takes over

 

Blanket Toss is so much fun to watch

Jump ! high into the air. ..

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High In The Arctic Eskimo

 

High in the Arctic .. .. Eskimo!

This has been posted on almost 70 photography web forums.A

The following links will take you to the actual page(s) Most everything was hand written each time.

 I followed no script per say, but made each post unique in its own special way. The only two “chapters” that were copied & pasted were 

 Pause for polar bears and Iglu description.

I did manage to get banned from at least three or four photo forums, out of the more than 56 different forums I have registered at.  One “Disney” site banned me for spam, I thought educational material was something children would be interested in. I guess I was wrong.   Two of those four forums that banned me, later, reinstated me.  I was wrong about a lot of things. I was also banned for “advertising” or linking back to my home page. some of these Moderators of these web forums are very picky about other peoples work.  Karl Blessing was / is one such individual  I met up with on a forum.  A moderator of the worst type. He constantly followed me and bashed anything and everything I posted. I met one more individual just like that. Mike Jordan. In each case these two totally unrelated people, on different forums took the time and the effort to bash me and insult me non stop. I went to each of their web sites just to see what type of “talent” I was up against that would merit this unprofessional type of behaviour. A photo is worth a thousand words and says much about a person’s skills and talent and knowledge of photography.

NW Photo forum was the last site to ban me for the upheaval that ensued between me and Mike Jordan. I didnt appreciate him calling me a liar and I kept asking about what ? He could or would not provide any words, just more insults, I provided all the necessary proof for everything I was typing. he just could not get over my story and insisted it was a mere fabrication of lies. The more he kept at me the madder I got. It all finally got out of hand and I was banned. The main focus of this was that AFTER I was banned. some one ?? who knows who; attacked one of the servers at start logic.com.. my web host. One of the servers was taken down by a “kiddie script” that was executed on the server platform which resulted in the shutdown of that server and hundreds of web sites went down including mine. The next morning I received a barage of filth in my e-mail with filthy perverted subject lines. During the next week over 50 viruses were sent to my ISP with my e-mail address as the intended victim. It is quite obvious that the person doing this malicious destruction is a “kid” not an adult. too many mistakes were made, that point to the age group of this attacker. A relative of someone on one of the boards? But I bet anything that this person will be caught they left too much evidence and too many mistakes were made. My only hope is that they get the punishment they so richly deserve for their  criminal acts of destruction.

A week or so after this image was created. Jesse was out hunting on the fringes of the ocean ice. An animal was shot, but they could not retrieve it in the water. Jesse use the traditional “Niquist” to attempt to snag the animal which was near by under the water next to the ice. Jesse was pulling on the NIguist and he got it caught on another piece of ice. As he continued to pull on this to attempt to free it. he got his piece of ice he was standing on.. rocking. Oops ! kerplunk ! Jesse fell into the ice water up to his armpits.  Alapa (cold) very cold.. he had a backpack with extra clothes and changed out there and came home wet, tired and fell asleep.