Bowhead Whale Cutting Native Culture Alaska

Part of the native Eskimo culture in Barrow, Alaska, is the cutting up the skin and blubber of a Bowhead Whale which was recently harpooned.

The Eskimo people who reside in the village of Barrow, Alaska have harpooned a Bowhead Whale as they believe this to be part of their culture which they perform on an annual basis. The size of the Bowhead Whale caught is a very important part of the subsistence whaling along with the meaning it brings to the native villages.

After a Bowhead Whale is brought ashore, the cutting of the blubber and skin takes place. The whale is divided amongst the communities with some of the pieces going to the whalers, some to the elders and widows and the rest is stored away for the native Eskimo festivals.

Alaska. Traditional eskimo native culture. Subsistence whale hunting. Butchering of bowhead whale. Iliiyaq Kittick cutting muktuk.



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Photo Title: Bowhead Whale Cutting Native Culture Alaska

Part of the native Eskimo culture in Barrow, Alaska, is the cutting up the skin and blubber of a Bowhead Whale which was recently harpooned.

Scientific Name:

Balaena Mysticetus

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Luciana Whitaker / Accent Alaska

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d018_056 - Bowhead Whale Cutting Native Culture Alaska