Today in Barrow

In Barrow, Point Hope, and the many other whaling villages of Alaska;  It is time; to begin to break trail for whaling !! One month (at least) of chopping ice by hand for miles to create a smooth wide road to haul all equipment out to the lead – some 7 miles away.  It is a different distance each year.  It is time to find open water and create a road out to that area!!

TIME TO GO WHALING

February 24th of 2011, crews scramble- with much joy, anticipation – of the favorite time of year. I have heard it written that in Barrow – “whaling is a community event”!!  NONSENSE !!  It is not even remotely close to the actual truth. Let me explain fully what is going on.  When ever I post the truth on City Data- my comments are erased; Floyd Davidson fills the posts with meaningless dribble – that is not based on personal experience(s) or any of the well known facts!!  In Barrow Alaska – population of over 2,000 Inupiaq Natives.  37 crews use 8 members .  Simple math = 296 people. A very small fraction of the population. Simple & extremely easy to understand and comprehend!

POINT HOPE  however;  is the exact opposite;  In a village of 700+ Inupiaq residents.. .. Well over 700 of them; are out on that ocean ice. Men – women – children – The Entire Village moves out there!!!  Now for those sincerly lacking understanding – this is what is often referred to as a TRUE:   “COMMUNITY EVENT” !  The only people left in the village; are teachers, a small hand full of workers, the sick & elderly-disabled.  Whaling involes EVERYONE in the entire village!!  Point Hope is the oldest – of ALL villages in Alaska and believe it or not; they are the ONLY village that still adheres to ancient traditions!!

On the Creative Side:  A color posterization or digital painting of sorts of the photograph above.  I am going to teach you how simple this is to accomplish using any photgraph.  It does provide a pleasing ‘other side’ using the wonderful world of COLOR !!

COLOR POSTERIZATION

 I will take the necessary time to teach you how simple this is to accomplish. The results can be very dramaticic & surprising indeed!

All it takes, is just a little practice

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