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Too windy – Too cold

So, we stay at home and wait, for the winds to die down, before we can go back out on the trail.

Walking around the village of Barrow, it is obvious, people are preparing to go whaling out on the ocean ice for many weeks.

Transportation

Transportation

Four types of transportation

Four types of transportation

Plug it in !

Plug it in !

If you want your vehicle to start, then you best plug it in overnight.
Umiaq standing by, ready to take to the ice

Umiaq standing by, ready to take to the ice

Close the windows !

Close the windows !

New Skins

New Skins

Umiaq flips, – crew tossed into ocean!

That’s the word, we received today from Pt. Hope  (May 8th 08) from one of the whaling crews in the village.  Luke Koonuk’s crew plagued by disasters last year, went on to experience something I have never heard of happening up here before.  The crew was in the umiaq in the frigid water,  a huge piece of ice came up under the umiaq and flipped it over. the whole crew was tossed into the water. Luke lost his umiaq, it sunk.  Everyone was safely saved from this disaster. As more details come in, I shall report the events in a more clear and precise manner.

UPDATE:   5 hunters were thrown into the water, the umiaq sank. nearby boats rushed to rescue everyone with 100% recovery, no one injured.  I have said this statement so many times on all of the 56 different forums, :  “here in the arctic, anything can happen at any time. with very bizzare outcomes !!  this is just another instance of life in the Arctic.. .. High in the Arctic.. .. .. Eskimo !!

Children.. our most precious valuable important resource

The imagination.. .. of a child.. .. is priceless.

these children just amaze me, in the many varied ways they mimic their parents in every explicit detail.

Future whaling captain setting out on the high seas in seach of adventure.

 

Even at 40 below zero, these children want to take to the high seas to hunt the Mighty Bowhead whale. This is their life, to grow up and become a successful whaling captain.

Easter Sunday- children chasing a bowhead whale @ 40 below zero

 

 

 

 

The amount of work, and responsibility of a BOYER is just something that is inconceivable in your world. Hand a lighter and matches over to a three year old child, and have him attend that wood-stove  alone, by himself all night long and keep it fired up just right. If too much “sicpan” is put into that stove, Everything will get too hot, and it will burn down the entire tent.A boyer, on his way to work !   In the nine whale hunts I have attended and photographed, I have seen many such boyers of such a young age. Howard Stone Jr. was the very first boyer  I had the shocking pleasure to meet. I just could not believe that a 3 year old child was capable of : chopping wood, attending that stove, melting snow for water to wash cups and thermoses, making “fresh” drinking water, for use in filling all of the thermoses with hot coffee, hot chocolate, hot tea. all night long over and over again. This was hard work for me to keep up with all of the chores that a boyer must do each and every night for two months. You must have a specific system set up, because room inside that tent is very limited, Much washing of cups, thermoses, some dishes, and forever making / melting snow & ice for different types of water, that are used for different purposes. Chopping wood, busy, busy, all night long, while these cooks sleep and get the much needed rest, to begin cooking for as many as 15 people,  3 – 5 times a day. Miles out on that ocean ice pack. This is the harsh lifestlye that I would never walk away from, These people just never complain and they have every right to do so. But this is just so much fun living with a people(s) that appreciate and give thanks for all that they have, and all that they have received, each and every day. Inupiaq Technology: Time tested for many, many thousands of years. In this one spot of land, called Point Hope Alaska.

 

 

 

 

These children all know me, and I just enjoy capturing them at play, unawares, quickly!  The candid happy faces of these children inspire me so much. The innocence portrayed in their faces tells the whole story of children that are happy 30 BELOW Zero !! all day every day, these children play out in any weather!! Happy Happy Happyat play without a care in the world.  Miles out on the ocean ice pack, this is natural for these children, they have done it year after year of their very young lives.  Home sweet frozen home @ 30 below zero. This is something you have to experience to understand, It is not cold out!!

Once you learn how to dress properly, and understand what to wear, then you just cannot ever get cold out here.  The crisp cold air just ‘gets on you’ .. .. it never penetrates !!

There is much about the Arctic that people do not understand or comprehend, you have to experience this life to understand the unique beauty of this land, the ice, the environment & above all, These unique people and their lifestyle / culture that is so many thousands of years old.

 

Oh so lovely - Kathy Rock Age 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inside or outside, these children fascinate me.

 Estella D. Frankson  Lois Frankson’s Oldest daughter 1983