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Alaska native girls attend a youth summer camp in Kaktovik.

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Alaska native girls attend a youth summer camp in Kaktovik.

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A dead bowhead whale lies on the beach in Kaktovik. The village is allowed by law to take three whales each fall for the meat and baleen. First the whale is washed with a front-end loader, then butchering begins.

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A dead bowhead whale lies on the beach in Kaktovik. The village is allowed by law to take three whales each fall for the meat and baleen. First the whale is washed with a front-end loader, then butchering begins.

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A dead bowhead whale lies on the beach in Kaktovik. The village is allowed by law to take three whales each fall for the meat and baleen. First the whale is washed with a front-end loader, then butchering begins.

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Whale parts, the remains of a successful hunt, lay around the native village of Kaktovik on Alaska’s North Slope.

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A dead bowhead whale lies on the beach in Kaktovik. The village is allowed by law to take three whales each fall for the meat and baleen. First the whale is washed with a front-end loader, then butchering begins.

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A dead bowhead whale lies on the beach in Kaktovik. The village is allowed by law to take three whales each fall for the meat and baleen. First the whale is washed with a front-end loader, then butchering begins.

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A dead bowhead whale lies on the beach in Kaktovik. The village is allowed by law to take three whales each fall for the meat and baleen. First the whale is washed with a front-end loader, then butchering begins.

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A youth camp for native kids on the outskirts of Kaktovik, Alaska. Attendees learns ancestral skills that are fast disappearing in favor of Western culture.

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A youth camp for native kids on the outskirts of Kaktovik, Alaska. Attendees learns ancestral skills that are fast disappearing in favor of Western culture.

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A polar bear, fresh from feeding on whale remains, peeks in the window of a truck near Kaktovik, Alaska.

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A vulnerable (IUCN) and federally threatened polar bear off the coast of Kaktovik, Alaska.

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