Hello people(s). My name is David and I live @ the top of the world in Alaska, Barrow Alaska.
I have been living with Inupiaq Eskimos for almost 30 years now. I have some amazing photographs to show you in this most unique
PHOTO ESSAY life in the Arctic @ 50 below zero !!
These hunters sleep outside, for two months, with no tents. They chop a trail with pick and axe for many miles, to move supplies, equipment and 700 people move the whole village out to that ocean ice pack.
this is how these people gather food.
Point Hope Alaska is the oldest, continually inhabited settlement or village in all of North America. Life can accurately be traced back several thousands of years to this one spot of land.
during the mid 1800's the population was just over 10,000 Inupiaq Eskimos. then the whaling companies arrived and the population was reduced to just 190 people. Through greed, disease, and mass starvation only 190 people, were left.
I came here in 1981 for just three weeks, as an electrican forman to wire two construction camps. When the job finished,I quit the company and stayed, that was 27 years ago, I'm still here.
Now come along for the journey of a lifetime, from the warmth and comfort of you home or office.
this seven mile journey out to the ocean ice pack will take about three-four hours. It is a very rough ride, the pace is very slow. this trail took the combined efforts of hundreds of people chopping a trail using pick and axe. We move out here for two months just to gather food. No one gets any pay for all of this iincredibly hard work.. the only rewared.. . .. .. is you get to eat !
These people never complain. this is their lifestyle / culture for over 3,000 years.
Paddling straight into a 50 mph wind @ 50 below zero is some nasty weather, to survive in and function, 24 / 7 for months!
This is a typical whaling camp, seven miles out on the ocean ice. this is home. right here, 24 / 7 this is it. right here. Home Sweet Frozen Home. This is where these hunters eat, hunt, and sleep. right here.
Now just how do you think these people stay warm out here. ?? No. they are not used to this type of cold, we have many tricks to stay warm(er) out here. Things we do, that you will never ever think of.
Do these people look cold ?? Nope. .this is the happiest time of the year.
I promise to show you things you have never imagined. Stories that will leave you spell bound, and wanting more, more, more.!!
come along for the most amazing journey into the far regions of the Arctic. that very few people have ever seen.