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Qaqsu - Terry Tagarook - hunting ugruk with Jase Ahmaogak on June 30, 2009. "He has taught us so much," Jason mourned this morning, not long after Qaqsu passed away. May you rest in peace, good man, good friend. #hunt #inupiaq #ugruk #hunt #memoriam #wainwright #arctic #ulgunik #olgoonik #alaska

Michael, wrapped in the power of the drums, the beauty of the songs, the stomping of the male dancers' feet and the love of his father, Stanley Brower at tonight's celebratory dance, hosted by Jack Panik and his whaling crew Iceberg 6. Outside, the wind hits 40 - too dangerous to hold the blanket toss. #nalukataq #drum #drums #iñupiaqdrums #iñupiaqdrum #iñupiaqdance #whalefeast #olgoonik #ulgunik

It was raining this morning so Iceberg 6 decided to serve their Nalukataq whale feast food in the gym. Yesterday, at Iceberg 14's outdoor, occasionally rainy, Nalukataq feast, I was moving all about searching for pictures in my usual way. As I currently have my Wainwright whaling Uiñiq laid out, I have space to add in only two Nalukataq pictures. So I decided that this afternoon I would just sit in one place like everyone else being served and photograph the feast as it comes to me. This is Eddie K, putting maktak in my bag for me to take home to Wasilla. #maktak #nalukataq #whalefeast #bowhead #iñupiatbowheadwhaling #bowheadwhaling #wainwright #ulgunik #olgoonik #wainwright #arctic

Eryn Agnassaga about to take a fast ride down the slide as Iceberg 14, co-captained by Jason Ahmaogak and his Aunt Mary Ellen Ahmaogak, serves the community during yesterday's Nalukataq here in Wainwright. Today Iceberg 6, captained by Jack Panik with wife Ida, will host Nalukataq. #nalukataq #slide #children #whalefeast #iñupiatbowheadwhaling #wainwright #ulgunik #olgoonik #Alaska

PAMIUQ THE PHOTOGRAPHER, IMAGE 2 of 2: this is the picture Pamiuq took of me. #photographer #littleboy #canon #camera #wainwright #ulgunik #olgoonik #Alaska

PAMIUQ THE PHOTOGRAPHER, IMAGE 1 of 2: PAMIUQ came in right as I downloaded my take of Iceberg 14 serving the various parts of the whale and other items like duck soup and cake to a portable hard drive. He was curious about my cameras and wanted to take a picture. You might think I am crazy to let such a little boy handle such an expensive camera, but two days ago I said goodbye to my own grandsons. He reminds me of them, when they were his age - not long ago at all. Besides, he calls me "Attata." So I let him take the picture and answered his questions as best I could. In post 2, I'll show you how he did. #littleboy #camera #canon #wainwright #nalukataq #ulgunik #olgoonik #Alaska #arctic

The two flags signifying the two whales landed by Iceberg 14 this spring have been raised. Nalukataq will begin at one with servings of soup. At the moment, there is little wind to ruffle the flags. A light rain falls. John Hopson Jr hammers the nails. #nalukataq #wainwright #iñupiatbowheadwhaling #ulgunik #olgoonik #Alaska #crewflags

Pamiuq alongside a portion of the mikigaq - fermented bowhead meat and maktak - Iceberg 14 will serve at tomorrow's whale feast of Nalukataq here in Wainwright. I had a plateful along with a big bowl of duck soup for dinner tonight. Superb! #nalukataq #bowhead #iñupiatbowheadwhaling #arctic #wainwright #olgoonik #ulgunik #alaska

Kaden Ahmaogak skips stones on the ocean as Iceberg 14 prepares slices of bowhead tail for distribution at tomorrow's whale feast of Nalukataq. Wainwright crews landed seven bowhead this spring and will be hosting Nalukataq feasts every day this week from Tuesday through Saturday. #nalukataq #whalefeast #iceberg14 #arctic #iñupiatbowheadwhaling #wainwright #olgoonik #ulgunik #alaska

Stanley Brower nails together a section of the windbreak that will protect those who come to Iceberg 14's Wainwright's whale feast of Nalukataq tomorrow. #nalukataq #windbreak #wainwright #olgoonik #ulgunik #alaska

As Carrizo and I move forward on the Wainwright Uiñiq, I realize what a conundrum my iPhone has become for me. I took the picture on the screen with my phone. I photographed the same basic scene with my Canons. The best picture I took of this scene - not necessarily the frame you see here - is an iPhone pic, not a Canon image. However many images one makes of a subject, one will always be better than all the rest, content wise. On a small screen like a phone or even an iPad, this doesn't really matter - but on the printed page, especially blown up to a two page Uiñiq spread - the iPhone pics lack the resolution and depth of information of the Canon images. So I keep thinking that when I go on the job, I should just set my phone aside. BUT... BUT... I've got a couple of very excellent spreads in my Uiñiq layout featuring pictures I could not have made with my Canons, but only with my iPhone. Therein lies the conundrum. #cat #orangeandwhitecat #gingercat #carrizocat #iñupiat #iñupiatbowheadwhaling #wainwright #ulgunik #arctic #arcticocean #chukchi #chukchisea #boat #computer #imac #wasilla #alaska

I think I might also have promised these two girls, Lillian and Bernadine, I would post this picture of them with Rossman Peetook. They had just brought him a loaf of fresh-baked bread. Rossman is among the most respected whaling captains on Alaska's Arctic coast and is now retired. He told me several suspenseful stories of how prayer and faith had saved him from dangerous situations out in the Arctic wilds. Just before I left his home, Rossman sang for me. Embedded in his song was a prayer for me, that I would travel in safety. I am unsure of the last names of the two girls, but I am certain someone from Wainwright will add them in for me. I thank you in advance. #alaska #children #iñupiat #arctic #wainwright #ulgunik #arctic #sharing #bread #freshbaked #freshbakedbread

No, I did not somehow transport myself back to Wainwright. On my final night in the village as I walked back to Maak's house from Rossman Peetook's, these two girls called out to me, asked me to take their picture and post it on Facebook. So I took their picture and promised them I would post it on Facebook. So here it is: Nadine Ungadruk and Andrea Kippi. #wainwright #ulgunik #olgoonik #fourwheeler #arctic #iñupiat #children #alaska

At the Wainwright airstrip, waiting for the Ravn flight expected to land any minute now. Thank you Wainwright, thank you Iceberg 14 and all the Icebergs! You've been great! It's been wonderful! I'll be back for Nalukatak and hopefully Jamboree and more, too. I love you! The plane is here. #departures #wainwright #olgoonik #ulgunik #alaska #arctic

Wainwright's final bowhead of the season gave itself to the crew of Yaaki Nayakik last night and after a ten-mile tow was landed on the ice early this morning. A portion of maktak was then sledded into the village along with the crew flag and arrived about 6:00 AM. "Aqpaaqti." I had missed all the other Aqpaaqti, mostly because I was out on the ice. This time, I was at Yaaki's house to catch and photograph the flag and food coming in and then being cut up and given out to all those in the village up early enough to come and get a piece. "Breakfast of champions," Yaaki said as his sister Linda Nayakik put maktak in a bag for the whaling captain himself. Seven whales - a great season for the people of Wainwright and three wonderful weeks for me. #iñupiatwhaling #iñupiatbowheadwhaling #wainwright #olgoonik #ulgunik #whalingcaptain #arctic

Iceberg 2 crew, captained by Roy David Ahmaogak (yellow shoulder patches), standing next to wife Edna (1A Girls State High School Champions basketball coach in 2009 and 2015). Iceberg 2 landed a bowhead Friday. From then until this moment about 5:00 PM, Iceberg 2 had worked virtually non-stop, but were now ready to feed the community. Four years ago Roy David inherited Iceberg 2 from his father the late Fred Ahmaogak who had fed the community many times. Now they have landed their first whale in honor of his memory. By tradition, the crew flag flies to tell everyone where to come and eat. #iñupiatwhalingcrew #feedthecommunity #ulgunik #olgoonik #wainwright #iñupiatbowheadwhaling #iñupiatwhaling

Kaden Ahmaogak, the hard-working seven year old Iñupiaq whaler, is also a most observant young person with the eye of an artist. He paints what he sees, lives and loves. In this case, the bowhead whale, painted on tile. He has others, including one on a big, sort-of-flat rock that was too heavy to move around much. Kaden is the grandson of Ben Ahmaogak Jr and wife Maasak. He is the son of TommiLynn Ahmaogak and the late Cory Mayer. #artist #iñupiat #iñupiatbowheadwhaling #wainwright #ulgunik #olgoonik #alaska

Twins Franklin and Samantha Bodfish, 8 years old, at the whale landed by Iceberg 2, captained by Roy David Ahmaogak. Wainwright has one strike left and then this season will be over. #wainwright #ulgunik #olgoonik #alaska #arctic #iñupiat #iñupiaq #iñupiatwhaling #iñupiatbowheadwhaling #bowhead #bowheadwhaling #chukchi #chukcisea #arcticocean #seaice #twins

To all those who have been so dedicated to following my posts of the Frequent School Bus over the past century, have you ever wondered who drives it? Iqaluk Nayakik, that's who! Today, here in Wainwright, anyway. #frequentschoolbus #fsb #driver #busdriver #schoolbusdriver #wainwright #ulgunik #olgoonik #alaska

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