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Barrow, AK 2000

Far more graphic than shown in even these photos, the annual fall harvesting of bowhead whales by the North Slope inupiat of Barrow, Alaska, is a festive, communal event that brings 200-300 of the 3,500 residents out onto the arctic shores, to butcher and load away a treasure trove of whale meat. The children are desensitized to the bloody butchering bestowed upon these behemoths - you see one child here atop a fallen cetacean. Another playfully stomped his boots on the intestines of another that has gushed out onto the snowpacked ice, making a sickly squishing noise and contributing to a purplish smear that lent a macabrely beautiful coloring to the ice.
Barrow-Arctic Council Ministers
Barrow-Arctic Council Ministers
Barrow-crew
Barrow-crew
Barrow Crossroads
Barrow Crossroads
Arctic202
Arctic202
ArcticSunset102
ArcticSunset102
Atqasuk
Atqasuk
Barrow101
Barrow101
Barrow105
Barrow105
Polar Perch 101
Polar Perch 101
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Barrow-whales201
Barrow-whales203
Barrow-whales203
WHALE106!
WHALE106!
WHALES125!
WHALES125!
whalers 107
whalers 107
Whale-meat102
Whale-meat102