BOWHEAD WHALE HUNT, Kaktovik, along Beaufort Sea, 2001

Inupiat communities of Arctic Alaska primarily depend on marine mammals, including Bowhead and Beluga whales, seals, walrus, for subsistence food. Their cultural and spiritual identities are intimately tied to the whales and the Sea. The off-shore oil and gas development on the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas of the Alaskan Arctic is a human-rights issue for the traditional Inupiat communities and they oppose these development projects.