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Whaling

March 28, 2014

The Inupiaq people of the North Slope have hunted bowhead whales for at least 1000 years. As spring arrives, they will once again be building trail on the sea ice and building camps to launch umiats of oogruk skin, armed with harpoons and 19th century bomb guns. On the next Outdoor Explorer, host Charles Wohlforth and guests calling in from Barrow will talk more about how Eskimo whaling is done and what the tradition means.

Hopson_Whaling_Crew

This photo by the late U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens shows a traditional whaling crew. Wikimedia Commons.

HOST: Charles Wohlforth

GUESTS:

  • Craig George, NSB wildlife division
  • Jana Hacharek, NSBSD
  • Harry Brower Jr., whaler, NSB wildlife division
  • Billy Adams, whaler, NSB wildlife division

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