Bowhead Whale Blubber Butchering Alaska

A group of Eskimos take part in butchering a Bowhead Whale by pulling away the blubber on the shores of the Chukchi Sea in Barrow, Alaska.

After the whaling crew in Barrow, Alaska has killed a Bowhead Whale, they tow it the icy shore where they attach straps and pulleys to pull it out of the water. Forklifts are the newest form of transportation to move a Bowhead Whale further inland onto the sea ice.

A large group of people from the village join together and slice the blubber into sections in order for the butchering to begin. Large picks are used to pull the blubber away from the carcass and then sliced into smaller sections where it is hauled back to village for a celebration.

The whale must be butchered shortly after it has been killed as it will begin to rot starting from the inside working out.

Alaska. Barrow. Traditional eskimo native culture. Subsistence whale hunting. The butchering process of a bowhead whale is a community wide process in the native communities.



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Photo Title: Bowhead Whale Blubber Butchering Alaska

A group of Eskimos take part in butchering a Bowhead Whale by pulling away the blubber on the shores of the Chukchi Sea in Barrow, Alaska.

Scientific Name:

Balaena Mysticetus

Photographer:

Luciana Whitaker / Accent Alaska

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d018_104 - Bowhead Whale Blubber Butchering Alaska