Butchering the whale
Photo and caption by Will Rose and Kajsa Sjolander
The Whale hunt is the cornerstone of the native Inupiat people who have been living in Alaska´s northern most region surviving as subsistence hunters for over two millennia. Shell's plans to drill offshore in the Alaskan Arctic in 2012 has divided the native communities of the North Slope Borough. Alaska's Arctic people now stand at a crossroads between continued benefits from industry generated revenues and protecting the marine environment they have depended on for thousands of years. Shell have received the preliminary permits to drill next year, but have been set back by legal challenges.
Location: Barrow, Alaska