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kiliiiyuyan

Kiliii Yuyan Indigenous Nanai + Chin-Amer Photographer. @NatGeo Contributor. Arctic Specialist. Writing new narratives of indigenous, minorities, and land. http://www.kiliii.com/
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Elssie tritt has grown up in arctic village and has only known a life where the caribou are integral. she takes a momentary break from romping about the taiga, then resumes chasing her brother around the village.

this is a series called #arcticrefuge, about the continuing battle over oil and gas drilling in the arctic national wildlife refuge. in 2017, the trump administration opened the refuge to oil interests through the tax bill. despite this setback, the indigenous gwich'in who have lived here for millennia continue their 30 year struggle to protect the caribou calving grounds, and, by extension, their way of life in the arctic. shot on assignment for @sierramagazine.
#arctic #anwr #arcticnationalwildliferefuge #alaska #gwichin #caribou

21 hours ago comment 17 star 1,156

Bertha ross laughs heartily atop her four-wheeler as she ferries supplies from arctic village's tiny airstrip. out here, her voice carries across the tundra.

this is a series called #arcticrefuge, about the continuing battle over oil and gas drilling in the arctic national wildlife refuge. in 2017, the trump administration opened the refuge to oil interests through the tax bill. despite this setback, the indigenous gwich'in who have lived here for millennia continue their 30 year struggle to protect the caribou calving grounds, and, by extension, their way of life in the arctic. shot on assignment for @sierramagazine.
#arctic #anwr #arcticnationalwildliferefuge #alaska #gwichin #caribou

2 days ago comment 16 star 2,012

Gwich'in elder gideon james has been part of the fight for anwr since the beginning. "my people have lived in a real fashion, where they know how to do things for themselves; they're skillful. for the life of me, i'm ashamed of the legislators. all they are is a puppet of the big companies." this is a series called #arcticrefuge, about the continuing battle over oil and gas drilling in the arctic national wildlife refuge. in 2017, the trump administration opened the refuge to oil interests through the tax bill. despite this setback, the indigenous gwich'in who have lived here for millennia continue their 30 year struggle to protect the caribou calving grounds, and, by extension, their way of life in the arctic. shot on assignment for @sierramagazine.
#arctic #anwr #arcticnationalwildliferefuge #alaska #gwichin #caribou

3 days ago comment 11 star 1,152

A herd of caribou quickly moves over a mountain pass at the southern end of the arctic national wildlife refuge.
this is a series called #arcticrefuge, about the continuing battle over oil and gas drilling in the arctic national wildlife refuge. in 2017, the trump administration opened the refuge to oil interests through the tax bill. despite this setback, the indigenous gwich'in who have lived here for millennia continue their 30 year struggle to protect the caribou calving grounds, and, by extension, their way of life in the arctic. shot on assignment for @sierramagazine.
#arctic #anwr #arcticnationalwildliferefuge #alaska #gwichin #caribou

4 days ago comment 13 star 1,287

An arctic river flows down through the brooks range in alaska as it thaws in the summer. the brooks range marks a transition from the forested taiga to the south, and the tundra of the arctic national wildlife refuge.

this is a series called #arcticrefuge, about the continuing battle over oil and gas drilling in the arctic national wildlife refuge. in 2017, the trump administration opened the refuge to oil interests through the tax bill. despite this setback, the indigenous gwich'in who have lived here for millennia continue their 30 year struggle to protect the caribou calving grounds, and, by extension, their way of life in the arctic. shot on assignment for @sierramagazine.
#arctic #anwr #arcticnationalwildliferefuge #alaska #gwichin #caribou

5 days ago comment 22 star 2,226

Join me at @glazerscamera in seattle this sunday as we venture across the indigenous arctic in a talk and exhibition opening, named ‘on the sea ice, we wear white.’ link in bio. we will also be screening my short film anaiyyun: prayer for the whale. banyalan, see you there!

2 weeks ago comment 31 star 842

Elder fannie akpik is a bright star in the darkness of colonization. she manages iñupiaq language learning for the north slope's school district, and continues to teach the traditional values of her culture, many of which revolve around subsistence whaling.

this portrait is one of a series on an indigenous whaling crew from arctic alaska known as #yugucrew. in the past five years with yugu crew, i’ve gone from spending time with acquaintances to feeling a part of a family. together we’ve endured breaking sea ice. we survived a polar bear attack. we weathered botulism from spoiled meat. through all of it, i’ve been given the gift of a deeper understanding of iñupiaq culture, and the importance of the agviq, the bowhead whale, to the community. one symbol of the respect that the iñupiaq have for the whale is the adherence to wearing whaling parkas. these parkas are the traditional garment that offer camouflage on the sea ice – and a unified embrace of heritage handed down by past generations. aarigaa!

3 weeks ago comment 34 star 1,595

Raleigh kowunna is an elder that joins yugu crew in many years. he can still swing an icepick and his knowledge of the sea ice environment is invaluable to younger generations.

this portrait is one of a series on an indigenous whaling crew from arctic alaska known as #yugucrew. in the past five years with yugu crew, i’ve gone from spending time with acquaintances to feeling a part of a family. together we’ve endured breaking sea ice. we survived a polar bear attack. we weathered botulism from spoiled meat. through all of it, i’ve been given the gift of a deeper understanding of iñupiaq culture, and the importance of the agviq, the bowhead whale, to the community. one symbol of the respect that the iñupiaq have for the whale is the adherence to wearing whaling parkas. these parkas are the traditional garment that offer camouflage on the sea ice – and a unified embrace of heritage handed down by past generations. aarigaa!

4 weeks ago comment 18 star 1,477

Kanisan 'robert' ningeok is a lifelong member of yugu crew and grew up alongside its captain. though robert deals with crippling back injuries, he somehow always finds a way back out onto the sea ice. his love of subsistence whaling runs deeper than the physical pain.

this portrait is one of a series on an indigenous whaling crew from arctic alaska known as #yugucrew. in the past five years with yugu crew, i’ve gone from spending time with acquaintances to feeling a part of a family. together we’ve endured breaking sea ice. we survived a polar bear attack. we weathered botulism from spoiled meat. through all of it, i’ve been given the gift of a deeper understanding of iñupiaq culture, and the importance of the agviq, the bowhead whale, to the community. one symbol of the respect that the iñupiaq have for the whale is the adherence to wearing whaling parkas. these parkas are the traditional garment that offer camouflage on the sea ice – and a unified embrace of heritage handed down by past generations. aarigaa!

4 weeks ago comment 10 star 969

Molly mae kignak is the wife of the captain of agnatook crew. though the stereotype of a captain's wife is to remain in town during whaling season, molly is out on the sea ice camping as often as possible.

this portrait is one of a series on an indigenous whaling crew from arctic alaska known as #yugucrew. in the past five years with yugu crew, i’ve gone from spending time with acquaintances to feeling a part of a family. together we’ve endured breaking sea ice. we survived a polar bear attack. we weathered botulism from spoiled meat. through all of it, i’ve been given the gift of a deeper understanding of iñupiaq culture, and the importance of the agviq, the bowhead whale, to the community. one symbol of the respect that the iñupiaq have for the whale is the adherence to wearing whaling parkas. these parkas are the traditional garment that offer camouflage on the sea ice – and a unified embrace of heritage handed down by past generations. aarigaa!

4 weeks ago comment 14 star 1,168

Sigvaun kaleak shares his time between two different whaling crews. despite having faced dark days with alcohol and death in his family, subsistence whaling remains a way out of the darkness.

this portrait is one of a series on an indigenous whaling crew from arctic alaska known as #yugucrew. in the past five years with yugu crew, i’ve gone from spending time with acquaintances to feeling a part of a family. together we’ve endured breaking sea ice. we survived a polar bear attack. we weathered botulism from spoiled meat. through all of it, i’ve been given the gift of a deeper understanding of iñupiaq culture, and the importance of the agviq, the bowhead whale, to the community. one symbol of the respect that the iñupiaq have for the whale is the adherence to wearing whaling parkas. these parkas are the traditional garment that offer camouflage on the sea ice – and a unified embrace of heritage handed down by past generations. aarigaa!

4 weeks ago comment 10 star 1,159

At eleven years old, steven r***h has already been a subsistence whaler for six years. he is the son of the whaling captain, and has over the years learned to conduct himself at camp on the sea ice. though it could not be further from playing a video game, steven loves learning to be a hunter.

this portrait is one of a series on an indigenous whaling crew from arctic alaska known as #yugucrew. in the past five years with yugu crew, i’ve gone from spending time with acquaintances to feeling a part of a family. together we’ve endured breaking sea ice. we survived a polar bear attack. we weathered botulism from spoiled meat. through all of it, i’ve been given the gift of a deeper understanding of iñupiaq culture, and the importance of the agviq, the bowhead whale, to the community. one symbol of the respect that the iñupiaq have for the whale is the adherence to wearing whaling parkas. these parkas are the traditional garment that offer camouflage on the sea ice – and a unified embrace of heritage handed down by past generations. aarigaa!

4 weeks ago comment 10 star 1,295