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Gulls feed on the remains of a bowhead whale caught and butchered by Alaska Natives on the North Slope.

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A polar bear, fresh from feeding on the remains of a bowhead whale caught and butchered by Alaska natives on the North Slope.

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A nesting dunlin (Calidris alpina) with an hours-old chick on the tundra near Barrow, Alaska.

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A nesting dunlin (Calidris alpina) with an hours-old chick on the tundra near Barrow, Alaska.

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A parasitic jaeger (Stercorarius parasiticus) dive bombs to protect its nest on the wide-open tundra near Barrow, Alaska.

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A parasitic jaeger (Stercorarius parasiticus) dive bombs to protect its nest on the wide-open tundra near Barrow, Alaska.

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A parasitic jaeger (Stercorarius parasiticus) dive bombs to protect its nest on the wide-open tundra near Barrow, Alaska.

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A parasitic jaeger (Stercorarius parasiticus) dive bombs to protect its nest on the wide-open tundra near Barrow, Alaska.

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A parasitic jaeger (Stercorarius parasiticus) dive bombs to protect its nest on the wide-open tundra near Barrow, Alaska.

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A parasitic jaeger (Stercorarius parasiticus) dive bombs to protect its nest on the wide-open tundra near Barrow, Alaska.

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A parasitic jaeger (Stercorarius parasiticus) dive bombs to protect its nest on the wide-open tundra near Barrow, Alaska.

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A red phalarope (Phalaropus fulicarius) checks his nest on the tundra near Barrow, Alaska.

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An elder from the village of Barrow butchers a bearded sealon an ice flow near Barrow. Walrus are prized for their meat and tusks.

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Young boys watch their elders compete in a seal skin boat race off the coast of Barrow.

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An elder from the village of Barrow butchers a young walruson an ice flow near Barrow. Walrus are prized for their meat and tusks.

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Miss Top of the World waves to the crowd during the July 4th celebration in Barrow, the North Slope’s largest village. Barrow is home to 5,000 people, half of the total on the Slope.

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An elder from the village of Barrow butchers a young walruson an ice flow near Barrow. Walrus are prized for their meat and tusks.

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Young boys watch their elders compete in a seal skin boat race off the coast of Barrow.

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Eskimo hunters take shots at ringed seals off the coast of Barrow. A few seals were wounded but sank out of reach.

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A young man is tossed high in the air during a traditional blanket toss, part of a whaling feast in Barrow.

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Miss Top of the World waves to the crowd during the July 4th celebration in Barrow, the North Slope’s largest village. Barrow is home to 5,000 people, half of the total on the Slope.

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Contestants in the Barrow’s cutest baby contest strut theirstuff in coats made of seals and wolves.

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A freshly killed spotted seal awaits butchering in downtownBarrow.

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A red phalarope (Phalaropus fulicarius) checks his nest on the tundra near Barrow, Alaska.

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A red phalarope (Phalaropus fulicarius) checks his nest on the tundra near Barrow, Alaska.

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A parasitic jaeger (Stercorarius parasiticus) dive swoops past the photographer on the wide-open tundra near Barrow, Alaska.

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