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New Majik Imaje Logo

Bowhead & Beluga whales

The new Majik Imaje Logo depicting the harmony that exists between the Inupiaq culture & the whales.

A tradition that is many thousands of years old- has to be respected– The entire life of the Inupiaq people revolves around the whale – in some books; you will hear that these people “worship the whale” !!

It takes one whole year – just to get ready to go whaling  for the spring hunt.

It takes a great deal of time and effort to hunt for six new Oogruk to obtain the necessary skins needed to cover one umiaq.  Old skins must be scraped & cleaned, All paddles must have a new finish applied to them. Caribou,Ducks, Fishing are all done at different times of the year.  Point Hope is the ONLY VILLAGE, that still does whaling in the old traditional manner.

 

Bowhead
by Charlie Hopson, Inupiat whaler
Silently I move toward destiny.
Quietly, you, Inupiat, await my destiny.
I can hear you as I move under the ice.
I can see you as I surface.
Together we wait.
Both know what the other thinks.
Although we live in different worlds,
We exist for each other.
I move towards you Inupiat,
Because it is my destiny.
Quietly I approach you.
Silently you move towards me.
I give you your culture.
I give myself, Bowhead Whale.
 
“The Inupiat never boast they have caught a whale. They receive a whale, and they do so humbly. They believe that the whale chooses to sacrifice itself, that if a hunter creates a place pleasing to the animals, it will choose to die there and tell the others to come next year. Nothing logical about animal behavior or natural selection can shatter this belief, it is so deeply felt among the Inupiat. Doubting it would be akin to blasphemy, an abandonment of their heritage.”
– Marla Cone
 
All it takes, is just a little practice
 
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Inupiaq Whale Hunt

 

Here is the ULTIMATE proof; That Everything I have typed is the truth;  We know these people; We have been living and working with these  exact same people – for years.  My photographs – are strikingly similiar in each and every aspect of what these Barrow Whalers encounter.  My stories match their dialogue;

Floyd Davidson has never been whaling — not once; in all the 12 years of his residence here in Barrow.Three years ago Floyd stumbled on to my work; He was furious! enraged BEYOND CONTROL – His words will be posted here; to display the true character of a PIG.

Setting up camp

We are finally out of the village to set up camp many miles out on the ocean ice – time for whaling -THE most exciting time of the year.  The crew departed about 7:00 p.m. Monday Evening !   GOOD LUCK !

Heading out to the ice

Heading out to the ice

 

Transporting the umiaq & equipment to set up camp

Transporting the umiaq & equipment to set up camp

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