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Polar Bears !

 POLAR BEARS

In my 30 years of living in the Arctic among the Inupiaq people(s).  I have seen less than 10 polar bears taken down, as a last resort.  Too many people think that  these people are killing this bear on a daily basis.  The media will not admit the truth; 

Polar populations around the entire world are at an all time high.  THAT IS FACT: !!

 The marine mammal act has governed industry activities in northern Alaska for three decades, and the result has been only “negligible” impacts on polar bears, federal biologists say.

BUT .. someone else says different and has put the animal on the endangered list ,  (MARCH 14TH) Much to the anger of the people of Alaska,  this is headed into court for litigation. .because it IS NOT TRUE !!

UPDATE:  Polar Bears are not in any danger !!  They have been deciding for over three years now, whether to put them on the endangered list. Last year or so ago they put that animal on that list and then quickly took it off. Now, the decison is being pondered again, with much scientific research & 5,000,000 dollars.
If they succeed in putting this animal on this list, .. .. a tragic disaster would take place. The walrus and seal and caribou are next !  This unique culture will perish,  – we do not hunt. for that bear. it is too dangerous.

Here is something your not even aware of.. Alaska; – the Arctic – Sibera. only counts for 20% of the Polar Bear Population of the entire globe. Now it is going into court for litigation !!
The federal government is with-holding the info needed to make this decision.  There is so much you do not know about this ferocious beast.  A mother can take her cubs into that water and swim for  hundreds of  miles.  this is fact:  Polar bears also know how to tread water. Do you actually think a mother would take her children on a suicide mission ?

These scientists cannot possibly cover this huge vast area up here.  A hand full of scientits have to check out an area that is bigger than the us of a.  We know how to deal with these animals. .. the white man doesn’t.  Just leave them alone. half the time they are running from the very people that are trying to study them. shooting them. performing their research.   Just leave them alone.  Only as an absolute last resort, do we have to take one down.  single digits each year.  We do not go out to hunt them. they are too dangerous.It has also been documented on the history channel with ‘film’ of a polargrizz. !!

 Here are some facts and information, I bet you never knew.

Well lets pause here for a moment,  (pun intended)

Polar Bears are not cute cuddly animals that are ferocious beasts of prey.

Danger warning: POLAR BEARS are not soft cuddly cute animals, they are ferocious beasts of prey that are extremly dangerous and very unpredictable.

There is much you do not know about these animals, this short segment will teach you much about this magnificent animal, that should never be underestimated.

ALL bears.. .. are left handed, they will always strike with the left PAW first!

Even after a polar bear has been killed, that bear can still kill that hunter if he is not careful when that bear is opened up.
The liver must be burnt and destroyed, anything that eats this will die!

This animal should never be underestimated, they are extremly unpredictable.
Admiral Perry on his expedition to the North Pole lost 3 members of his crew due to attempting to eat a polar bears liver,  It is saturated with millions of units of Vitamin A.  This is extremly toxic and deadly.
when that bear has been opened up for gutting, skinning, etc.. A hunter must be extremly careful, not to get any of that “juice’ on himself, gloves must be worn. Great care must be taken when cutting the liver out of the animal. the tubes must be tied to prevent leakage of this “JUICE”  it contains tooo much, Vitamin A and just by getting some on your skin it will kill you!

When the hunter is finished with the procedure of gutting that animal, any clothing that has “juice” on it must be burned and destroyed !

Barrow Alaska 1940’s  Vincent Nageak was gutting a bear, and all was well and finished, His gloves were removed and burnt.  His hands were cold and he brought up his hands to warm them by blowing on them close to his mouth.  Unknown to him at the time of this event. The tiny-est speck of juice touched his lip.

He Lived to tell about it in a very unusual way.  He lived for many decades but he stood out in a most peculiar way.

Eskimo’s are darkskinned and with black hair. Vincent’s appearance was white as snow. His skin, his hair.  ALBINO. pure white skin, pure white hair. Everything was bleached white by that small miniscule amount of vitamin A on his skin.

Everyone in Barrow knows of this famous hunter, He died in the late 1980s I believe. I have never had the pleasure to meet this famous man, but many have told me the same story in each and every village. His claim to fame was well known all over the area.
In the Lane’s house in Point Hope there is a huge photo / poster of this man hanging on the wall and the whiteness of his skin / hair is extremly apparent !!

A polar bear can run at speeds of over 40 miles per hour, they can attack without notice, out on the ocean ice. They are ferocious predators. Each month, certain women must get off the ice. go home. come back later in a week or so. get off the ice. you present too much of a danger out here for everyone.
That bear can smell blood for many miles, these bears are extremly clever and will stop at nothing to eat, anything.

Seals are their main food supply.  A bear will sit over a breathing hole in the ice and cover his nose and eyes with its paws, and wait for a seal to surface to breathe. One quick look around by the seal, and it is all over,.. … … ..  burp!

BILLLY WEBER WAS OUT ON THE OCEAN ICE; and a polar bear came around the corner and ran towards Billy at full speed.
Billy turned and ran. he had a .22 rifle with only one bullet left. he took off running,  he had no choice but to run.. that bear was gaining on Billly as he ran for his life. Other hunters out on the ice saw this event unfold, but were too far away to offer any assistance.  There is only one place to shoot a polar bear to kill it.
that one vital spot is in the ear. While running for his life, with that bear quckly gaining on Billy he merly pointed that rifle back as he ran and took the shot.. .. ..
.. .. Billy lived to tell about this and everyone up here knows of this famous event.

That bear was that close, because  Billy waited, and waited until the last possible second to point it at the ear and take the shot while on the run.  That bear went down.

A very close personal friend in Point Lay Alaska, My electrical apprentice, Charles Stalker Jr. III  was not so lucky.  A polar bear was going after his pregnent girl friend.  Charles distracted that bear away from her, and armed with only a knife, and a very thin jacket, that bear literallly cut him in half with the swing from the left paw.  The villagers came out and blasted that very skinny bear, but much of Charles  (50 pounds) had already been eaten.  Dec. 1990  sob!  I will post the exact newspaper account on this, for people that insist that I am making these stories up and I am a liar !!  tisk tisk.. so cruel !!

1950’s Allan Rock was out on the ocean ice.  Same predicament.. A polar bear was charging him, armed with only a large knife, Allan was successful and jumping on that bears back and taking him down the hard way.!!!!!  this is still spoken of, in the village of Point Hope. *  (quoted from a book ) ! Tigara Eskimos and their enviroment !!  I do not lie, I do not exageratte. I only want an apology from  the 5 people that have slapped me across the face, repeatidly !! On many occasions !! shame shame shame on all of you !!

During the 1970’s it was LEGAL for the white man to hunt the polar bear in Alaska.
A permit had to be obtained and it was good for only one day. The cost of the permit was 10,000 dollars,  This practice had to be discontinued because too many of the great white hunters were shooting polar bears from the planes they chartered.

Polar beat meat is the most delicious meat I have ever tasted in my life.
It is jet black, grainy like old gnarled wood, but it is so sweet and tender, 10 times better than the best prime rib I have ever tasted. In fact it was the ONLY time I had ever asked for seconds at a meal, and all at once everyone responded NO!

Scientists are puzzled at all the recent drownings of polar bears.  They say it is because of the huge distances between ice packs, that the bear cannot swim that far.  That is not the real reason for bears drowning, no.
The real reason for their drownings is they have no fear, they will attack a sleeping walrus on the ocean ice. A walrus will sleep on its back with head back revealing the vital neck region. when that bear pounces on that walrus, the walrus merely lowers its tusks around the bears head and rolls over into the water bringing the bear down to huge depths !

Nanauk is the Eskimo name for this animal

Polar Bears were recently put on the endangered species list and then quickly taken off that list.  We are only allowed to take them down as a last resort to protect innocent lives here in the village. Each year a few bears will enter the village. Bears stay on the ocean ice pack, sometimes they wander into town.
We do our very  best to get them out of town, back onto the ocean ice. Sometimes
that is not possible and we have to take them down quick, due to the fact there are children outside in the village.  This  year three bears entered town, two of those bears had to be taken down quickly, as they were trying to gain access into homes..  A mother with three cubs entered town.. We were successfull in getting that mother and those cubs, out of town back onto the ocean ice.

The  bear and the meat is the responsibility of the hunter, the skin is worked on by the women. It takes many women to perform a “Native Tan” on the skin using very sharp Ulu knives. This can take as much as ten hours or more.

This is extremly tedious, hard work, scraping that skin until it is clean.

These women work hard to scrape that skin clean, this is not an easy task to accomplish.  Sally Killigvuk, the mother of the hunter with the polar bear. Elizabeth Oviok (postmaster) work hard with these other women. Six – Eight women will spend  the entire day, working on this skin, when that skin is cleaned, then it is put into the ocean, tied up to soak for a week or two, then it is placed up on a rack in the strong north winds to dry, for many months.

Months out in that wind, to dry the skin(s).

Well we live a simple life in a very dangerous place, under the harshest conditions known to man on the entire face of the earth. We would not have it any other way.
Believe it or not, YOU are all invited to take part in whaling festival next June in Point Hope !!   A three day non-stop event held every year (coming soon).
J.J. Russell Lane, displays the skin of his very first polar bear.

This is very dangerous work to open up a polar bear, you best know exactly what you are doing.

Christopher Nashookpuk caught these two bears, in fact his girlfriend took down the big one.!!

Actually they got 3 of them, Kate Oviok took down the big one herself.
The dogs of the village are always curious when something of this nature is hanning to dry out. They always have something to “say”, and some low growling is always heard.

Grrr.. .. .. you ain’t so tough,  GrrrRR.

I've tasted polar bear meat, delicious, but I have never tasted brown bear meat.

That’s all for now, I will add more but .. ..

.. I truely hope that you found this all  “bear-y”  interesting !

Landing in Barrow

landing @ the barrow airport in a bush plane

Arriving in Barrow is a long awaited event for us. We are very happy but filled with anticipation over what is in store for us as we arrive in the largest  Inupiat Eskimo village in all of Alaska. Top of the world, Barrow – Upeagvik – Land of the SnOwOwl.

Well, I guess it is story time, once again, so many of your repsonses were the same, more stories !! It is very difficult for some to believe that the events that seem to happen to this “family” i.e. myself, (chuckle) well they are all 100% true and can easily be verified in many ways.Story time.. .. ..  (again!)

So sit back and browse and read & relax because, arriving in Barrow we are 100% flat broke.  We knew this before we left, and are prepared.. .. for anything to “happen”. We are going out on a huge limb, My second oldest son, MarkAndrew is with me, Isaiah is staying in the village of Pt. Hope as he is married now w/ 3 children.

My other two sons, Jesse & Khris, are keeping the house occupied and staying busy in their “shop”.

This is what they do.. .. 7 days a week, 16 hours per day. Coming up on their 4th year, I pulled all my sons out of high school four years ago, I wanted them to carve, I know nothing about how to carve Ivory and make bracelets. But I do know what I am looking at and how to make it look nicer, better, purdy (pretty).

although we are flat broke, when we land, we have many fine Ivory & fossil ivory bracelets and ear-rings and a couple of bone masks, It is time to test the waters so to speak, here in Barrow, for Arts & Crafts. We are well aware that housing shortages exist in all villages and finding a place to stay is next to impossible.   Isn’t “Faith” a mavelous concept or better yet a “tool” that can be used, when needed, (chuckle)!! 

Departing from the plane, no luggage, just a two backpacks, loaded with all that we need, (our warez) and some materials and tools, just in case.

Frontier Air, a small bush service with slightly larger aircraft to shuttle passengers to Anchorage & Fairbanks. We leave the building as no one is around that we can approach, in an attempt to sell something and get some $$ because Mark is hungry. Across the street is King Eider hotel in Barrow,  A new place, w/19 rooms, I am not going to pay 175 a night to sleep a few hours, so that is out of the question. (ha ha)  I ended up paying $400 instead, here is what happened.

Mark came out of the hotel with a smile on his face, he sold some ear-rings and now we have $110 dollars, we called a cab and head to downtown Barrow – Pepes Mexican Restraunt, I was telling my son about this famous eatery. The owner was on the Johnny Carson show many years ago.

 It iHeading to the store we witness this accident. Peson on right just came full blast out of his driveway, pushing the other truck clear across the street.s 7:00 p.m. when we depart Pepes and head ??? where do we go?? We know of no one in this village, relatives or any such thing. Hmmm. where to go and what to do?? We head to the Stauqpak, the Store here in Barrow, it is open until 10

It is now about 8:00 p.m. We head that way, walking 1/2 mile away.  The old Stauqpak was in Barrow, the new one is now in Browerville. Walking along we see the store, and varoom boom smash crash, the person on the right side of the road, got into his truck and with the right lane full, he just sped out from his driveway without even looking, He pushed that white truck, clear across the road. Now they are waiting for the Barrow police to arrive and take down all the details.. We keep walking.. we need a place to stay. We have very little money, Time for a can of pop and see what we can find out. Walking into this new store presented a huge surprise, this is very nice, a big change from the small store in Point Hope, This stauqpak has virtually everything we need for our menu. The foods we all like to eat are easily obtained here. Fresh meat, instead of frozen meat like in Pt. Hope.!! I love what I am seeing about this village, The people are super friendly and always smile aInside of Stauqpak (stork  puck)nd give a big hello ! This is good. I feel right at home, now to find some way of finding a place to sleep or live.  All villages have severe housing shortages, We know it is next to impossible to find a place for rent, There are plenty of houses for sale. We have other plans at the moment. Sleep is one of these things we must get ready for, we are tired, it has been a long day.   Walking around in store, we grab what we need and go outside to see if there is anyone that can solve our deperate situation. Just stand outside, look, wait and watch. I know how to do that very well. It wasn’t long before we spotted someone we knew, but really didn’t want to know, but times are tough right now and we can’t afford to be fussy. Actually we ran into two people we recognized, One of these individuals, we knew full well to stay away from, he was nothing but trouble when he arrived in Point Hope for just a few days. he caused quite a sensation in the village. Stirring up major trouble in each and every house he would visit at. And then we saw a person from Point Hope, someone we would ordinailly stay away from, but being polite we tried to see what we could learn and he had a place for us to crash that night and we were very grateful.  A married couple had been putting this young boy up in their apartment, there was room for me on the couch and my son Mark had a place on the floor, we were happy, for now.

The morning arrived and we got up and got out of that house, the people that rented that apartment, did not have as much as one shred of anything that resembled food in the entire place.  Mark and I walked up to Barrow side, to see if we could see a bracelet or some ear-rings. We also have three bone masks with us. Mark spent all of 15 minutes inside of the North Slope Borough School District offices. he came out with a big smile on his face.  We took a cab back to stauqpak and spent $400 on food for the people who were kind enough to give us a place to stay for the night.  We left that place quickly when we started to see the people they associated with and  the antics that were going on.  We split fast !

Now we are back to square one, we need a place to stay,  We need help, we need a miracle !  Walking around Barrow & Browerville was a waste of time, trying to find out information that would lead us to some sort of shelter.

In the last book of the Old Testament,  These words are written:  .. .. ” Test me, Prove me – .. .. give and see if I do not give back more to you!   I believe those words with all my heart, and as such this is the #1 reason for our continued success.  Homeless 7 times from people taking and stealing everything we have, We bounce right back and blessings are showered upon us, time and time again.

We need a miracle and as my son and I are walking, back and forth from Barrow to Browerville, many times we are tired, we need help and we send up a petition to the Lord as our feet march slowly onward.

Earlier during the day, when we came out of stauqpak, I noticed a white man, dressed in carharts (bibs) such as a construction worker would wear, judging by the tools in his side pants pocket I discerned he was a plumber,  I walked up with a smile on my face and just ‘pretended’ and said  Hello, my you look very familiar, have we worked together someplace perhaps, ?  Prudhoe Bay ?  He looked at me, smiled and piolitly said.. Nope.. never ben ther.  We spoke for about a couple of minutes, especially about, Know anyone with ah place for rent ?   He gave me his ‘card” and that was that.  Now it is 8:00 pm and we are tired. & of course broke, again. We made 500 during the day very earily, spent 400 on food, gave it all away and walked away from these two people. 

that evening about 9:00 p.m. we were walking down one street, in hopes of seeing a for rent sign, we never did see one in the whole town, on bulletin boards, etc. Mark is tired. .he is scared. .. . .what are we going to do ???  I laughed and said.. Trust the Lord… we continue to walk, past a house, with some people on the porch.. and then I see that same construction worker sitting on that porch with 3 of his friends I assume.. I said hey !! we meet again. we stopped and talked.

there on the porch were four people.. we were talking with a man who was up there in years.. 71 years old.  Taking staples out of some old wood that was lined up on the porch, we was working, we showed our crafts and told of our plight.. We need a place to stay.. we are flat broke.. !  very tired.. we speak for a while, the old man says.. My grandmother said to me if you ever see someone homeless.. BRING THEM IN… . Everyone joined in and said.. Yeah Jimmy has a big two bedroom house.. ! I sleep on the couch Jimmy said.. come on over.. we thanked him for the offer and moved on… walking all over the town for 2 hours.. and we end up near that same house.. but no one is around. .it is very late.. Mark is scared.. tired, he just wants to lie down and rest.. “what are we going to do Dad ? It is late ”  ( 11:30 ) p.m. bright and sunny !  I said knock on the door and see if that guy Jimmy is in there.. he was.. he came out.. and offered us a place to spend the night. Whew.. Little did we know .. what we were about to get ourselves into with this innocent kind gesture.  WE ended up staying with Jimmie – for two months – he said $500 per month to stay – we were very happy – but that soon wore off.  During those two months – it cost us $10,000 !!  As fast as we were making money; Jimmie drank two bottles of R&R whiskey daily for two months – and he never got drunk!!