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Members of the Escaramuza Espuelas de Oro, the Golden Spur Equestrian drill team, are dressed in traditional Mexican dress at a festival in El Paso, Texas.

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The effects of global warming and climate change are shown through early melting of sea ice and diminishing glaciers.

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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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Native hunters with their recently felled caribou near Nuiqsut, Alaska on the North Slope.

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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 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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Dancers (names available upon request) pose for a portrait in traditional regalia at the Cherokee National Holiday in Tahlequah, OK.

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Dancers (names available upon request) pose for a portrait in traditional regalia at the Cherokee National Holiday in Tahlequah, OK.

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A member of the Ponca tribe (name available upon request) sits for a portrait in traditional regalia before a pow wow in White Eagle, OK.

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A member of the Ponca tribe (name available upon request) sits for a portrait in traditional regalia before a pow wow in White Eagle, OK.

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Grandmother and granddaughter, both members of the Ponca tribe (names available upon request) sit for a portrait in traditional regalia before a pow wow in White Eagle, OK.

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Wilma Mankiller, the first Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, at the Cherokee National Holiday in Tahlequah, OK.

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Parade at the Cherokee National Holiday in Tahlequah, OK.

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Parade at the Cherokee National Holiday in Tahlequah, OK.

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Raising the flag at the Cherokee National Holiday in Tahlequah, OK.

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A speaker at the Cherokee National Holiday in Tahlequah, OK.

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Scene from the Northern Ute Rodeo and Pow Wow Contest near Fort Duchesne, Utah.

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