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The sad end of whaling.. ..

Spring whale hunting is over.. this year, for all practical purposes.

Barrow 3 small whales

Time to Look !

Time to Look !

Wainwright – No whales

Pt. Lay – One whale

Point Hope – Two whales    Omnicks & Oktolliks Crews

Those are very sad numbers of actual food for almost 7 thousand people.

Time to Pack .. ..

Time to Pack .. ..

Barrow could have had a much higher success rate, if it were not for people (crews) rushing to the lead with snowmachines and metal boats – just as the whales were coming to the Point, (our location). Seven crews hyjacked our trail, and took over the ice with much clamor and noise making – which scared all the animals away.

Once your crew is setup @ the lead, there are no machines permited this close. walk – keep quiet and no loud noises.

Time to Scat !

Time to Scat !

Waiting & Watching for FOOD!

Waiting & Watching for FOOD!

ABC’s crew Kappii !!

The Barrow whaling crew;  ABC  Arnold Brower Jr.  struck a whale !  (Kappii) (cup pea)   That whale was received Sunday Morning about 1:30 a.m. – 27 foot 7 inches – Gordon is the co-captain.  We have three huge bags in the freezer – on the way to Point Hope, to the oldest elder in Point Hope – Rosemary Oviok – 86 years young.  More details as they become available.  We had to wait & wait & wait for the wind, the lead kept closing. The wind finally shifted to east on Friday, ALL that ice is gone.  The lead is vast, there is no way they can use umiaq’s (the other crews)  They have too far to travel, power boats are being used.  Kappii (to harpoon a whale).  The letter (eye)  i  – used twice produces an E  sound.

ii = yes !! E – in Inupiaq,  Si – Spanish – Wi – in French – Wii – for game console !! .. .. ..More info: as it becomes available !!

Point Hope – many belugas have been harvested, it is raining out today in Tikigaq. Lead is closed.

Whales were just coming, to our spot on the point. as they arrived with belugas, a mad rush by younger crews with aluminum boats – drove all the whales away from our location.  Eugene was furious and packed it all up and went home whaling is over for this year, some crews still remain out there.  but is was a sad year for the hunt this spring.  People would not work and create their own trails and 7 crews took over Eugenes trail. Some important meetings are about to take place.   Each  trail is the reponsibility of that crew – being lazy and taking over another trail is not permitted. 

AaronS from city-data- posted a nice compliment for me to share with all of you !!  He concludes I am insane !!  Yup, I got no problem admiting that, because it is the truth. 

I do things that NO ONE in their right mind would ever dream of doing – like giving away a new $42,000 truck/camper for FREE.  I did this, not to a friend,  (chuckle), I did it for my worst enemy !  The whole story is posted. just search for ‘homeless’ !! (on this blog).

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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