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Umiaq (skin boat) Sewing !

What does it take to cover an umiaq with skins ?  An incredible amount of time, energy, &  skilled craftsmanship.

Not to mention the skill of the hunter involved in harvesting six bearded seal(s).  Ugruk (oog rook).  There are no O’s in the Inupiaq language.  There are however two distinct ways to make that ‘sound’ .   One method is to use  just one  U – the other method – depending on the word is to use a ‘dipthong’;    au   in some words makes the same sound as O .  You will notice. Great care is taken to ‘dress’ differently for this involved event of sewing these six skins together – to perfectly fit a wooden frame that is not even here to measure or fit.  Great skill & knowledge is required for this – and you will notice these people that do all the work ; none of them are young or tough enough for the required work involved.  This requires the works of very skilled hands that must be protected against cutting through the flesh, when pulling on the sinew to sew these skins tightly together.

Sinew for sewing skins.These skins are ‘oily’, wet, swollen with an extremely pungent smell that easily saturates the air in the room. (Whew)!! Very noticeable & extremely strong!!  Notice how her fingers are protected when pulling on the sinew, this is a must !Dressing for the occassion !!

Dressing for the occassion !!

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Arctic Ice pack @ TEN YEAR HIGH !!

I have posted what life in the Arctic is … on more than 60 forums.  Some of my work was published as long as three years ago !  It is all a matter of record of fact –  I have been claiming for more than 7  years now .. my observations of the ocean ice with absolutly no training – no instruments –  My words – my exact words are still on all of these forums.

” We have the best ice we have seen in ten years time “ !!  I knew that in 2003 – only because I was out there as a witness to experience first hand – what the whaling captains kept repeating on each and every crew !!

To the dismay of Al Gore and global-warming alarmists, ice covering the Arctic has increased dramatically after years of declining, reaching levels not seen this time of year for nearly a decade

Arctic Ice Pack

Arctic sea ice reached its maximum extent for the year on March 31 at 15.25 million square kilometers (5.89 million square miles),” the National Snow and Ice Data Center stated in a recently published report. “This was the latest date for the maximum Arctic sea ice extent since the start of the satellite record in 1979.”

Amid proof of junk science, Obama pushes carbon taxes.


Jane Brower Crew Members

Today I found some interesting photos in my e-mail from Thomas Brower !!  I asked him to send more to post on my blog;  So for your viewing pleasure :  A few more images from fall whaling and a few from spring hunt also.
Jane Brower crew members

Jane Brower crew members

Tom Brower III and Charles Brower

Tom Brower III and Charles Brower

The real makoi boys

The real makoi boys

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