Whaling Festival continued
and forgive me for not getting back sooner.. I found out the problem with the images disappearing. My host had one of their servers hacked, and it just happened to be the server my site was on.. 100's of web sites went down. The next day my e-mail was overwhelmed with filth mail for a subject line. and someone took the time and courtesy to send me over 50 dangerous viruses. This all happened at the same time. so I am inclined to think they are related.
I was banned form a photo forum, Mike Jordan a member of NW photo forum decided to lash out, admin thought it was funny and did not care. this developed into quite a scene as this individual insisted I was lying about everything. No matter how much proof I provided I was insulted and ridiculed in ways not acceptable for professional people.
I have taken the advice of some of the members here and started a "blog" I don't know what a blog is.. I started one.. the name of it is.. ..
"A blog of ice" the photo of this blog must be seen to be appreciated. I could not think of any other appropriate name, not after seeing the image I picked as a header this new feature.
A Blog of ICE
but back to whaling festival.. hundreds of visitors. 800 residents.. how would you like to cook for that amount of people for days ?? 3 days non -stop celebration !!! This year we had visitors from New Orleans.
You are all welcome to whaling festival next June. stay tuned for the date of the event.. usuallly about June 10th is the norm.
Cooking all this food is quite a chore but these women can perform such incredibly hard work in such little time.
One thing I just love about the arctic.. .. "no bugs" !
We have mosquitos, but they just can't fly in that strong north wind.
In fact in the state of Alaska the state bird is.. .. the mosquito !!
I have seen two inch wing spans !! When that wind stops and it does occasionaly.. it is impossible to go out on the tundra, the thick black blanket of mosquito's descends on caribou like I have never ever seen a black cloud like that before.
They rarely if ever present any type of problem in the village.
The wind is just right today and insects will not be a problem.. Other than house flies and mosquitos.. those are the only two types of insects or bugs I have ever seen.. good!
A lot of women work all day two days straight to keep up the pace for providing food for all the guests at whaling festival. This is a time of great joy for the success we had during the hunt out on the ocean ice.
Cooking for a thousand people ha ha ha.. what a chore.!! who does the dishes ??? ALL OF those women do it all, cook, clean, and work all day for very long long hours. But no one ever complains of anything here.. that is another thing I just love about these beautiful people. How much they appreciate the simple things in life.
See how dark that plywood is.. .. Oil... flammable oil from the blubber melting, out in the hot sun. Great care must be taken around this substance. blubber is extremly flamable as is seal or walrus! Food sure is different up here. but I cannot eat this type of food.. I always make sure i have an extra bag of M&M's with peanuts in my backpack or in my jacket pockets!!
Whaling Festival means .. .. New parky's
This is the one time of year, everyone receives a new parky, a fancy dress parky.
This young mother proudly displays her handiwork as she made new festival parky's for the entire family. In the very old days. The woman of the house would have to make all new clothes for her entire family, before she was allowed to go to sleep.
The fancy trim at the bottom of the Parky is called Kupaks (coo pucks)
Each year the women compete as to see who can create the fanciest kupaks.
I was honored so much, these women put so much work into making these fancy kupaks. Irma Oktollik came to me when she saw me working on my needlepoint. ! I want that for my parky she stated. I love that design, (bargelo) I want it in blue & yellow. It took me over 40 hours to design and create her kupaks,using colorful perl cotton. women were fighting over these. I was offered $500 for the Kupaks I made for Irma, Her sister was visiting from Pt. Lay and she wanted those for her Parky. !! sorry, those belong to Irma !!
This little fellow looks right proud of his new parky made out of muskrat. There are so many designs and patterns and ideas that go into making these parky's that cannot be purchased in any store.
Write to any of these women and they will create a parky for you for about $150.00
This future whaling captain is mighty proud of his new parky, Native Pride!
These people impressed me so much, all that hard work in such terrible conditions.. just to eat! And they never complain !!!!
Now *that's* an introduction. Thanks for sharing it all.
Friends of ours have just taken a job in Frise Fiord, population 162. Sounds like a real adventure to me, though I don't know that their destination is as beautiful or historic as yours.
I look forward to having my 13 year old son read your story. (He's off with his technologized buddies. ;o)
You did what was the reason why I came to Canada. And you did it well.
All american indians origin are Turks. There are more than 2500 languages in north and south american continent and extreme big portion of these people call father as ata , apa and mother as ana. This is pure Turkish. If you look Hungrian , Finnish , Etruscan and Sumerian , they are all Turkish origin.
So how Turki came to America? Swimming?
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Majik, I would like to help your people to survive. To inform people about truth and trouble is good, but when it get serious it is better to find right people. Might be Al Gor, New York Times, some big boys.
It will be good might be to contact TV in US and Canada so money are collected and food sent. For permanent cure I think it is a real trouble, and need really good strategy NOW.
If you give account I will add $50 tomorow.
We moved further north to the top of the world Barrow Alaska
Lets look, from the air and see, up close and personal what is going on up here in this vast huge unexplored & UN-inhabited area for all practical purposes.
Leaving Pt. Hope.. .. bye bye !!
A few minutes into the flight we pass the Kupak river..
Oh .. I smile BIG as I see and remember what happend to me here. TOTALLY PREPOSTEROUS!
My Experience here !
Lets take a trip and explore some of the land here in the Arctic.
some of what I am about to tell you will seem preposterous, but just ask ANY PERSON that lives in any village from
Nome clear up to Barrow, all of the villages of the entire North Slope Region, will tell you that what I am about to TRY AND EXPLAIN is "true". Do I have photos ? not yet, but working on it, there has to be a way to prove this.
with recent giant advances in technology I am sure it will become possible to "catch" & record proof of the Ignaugalurauks.. .. The Little People, that live underground, and in caves here above the Arctic circle.
This is no legend, or folklore, as new sightings are prevelant constantly, each and every year.!!
I will tell you stories and provide photographs of all that "can be seen" in this vast huge expanse of area of several hundred thousand of square miles. THINGS HAPPEN OUT HERE.. .. ... ... that just do not make sense!!
For instance.. ha ha.. you are NOT GOING TO BELIEVE WHAT I AM ABOUT TO EXPLAIN.. you have to be here to experience
these happenings, no matter what I type, you will be very skeptical and doubtful ONLY because.. you know better, this does not happen where YOU LIVE.
Lets start.. .. at the beginning so you have a better understanding of what is going on up here.. .. frequently, reports abound.. .. in each and every village!!
This is a vast area we are talking about in square miles.
roughly the size of ALL the New England STATES put together.. .. EMPTY !!
Ok.. nOW A Long TIME before the whaling companies arrived .. .. .. The Ingnakalaurak's LIVED AMONG the people of Point Hope.
One of their young was eaten by a dog.. .. and they moved out of the village. These people are small, 3-4 feet in height!
They live the ol ways, to this very day, dressed in caribou skins. They still hunt with bow & arrow. They live underground, and in caves all throughout this vast area.
They possess super human qualities, that you WILL NEVER BELIEVE:
They are incredibly strong and they can run, incredibly fast.. they sneak around the villages "stealing food".
When any hunter, shoots and kills a caribou, it requires two adult Inupiaq men to lift that caribou to place on a sled. It only takes ONE Ingnakalaurak to pick one up ...........and RUN WITH IT. Over his head (person carrying animal) running, with a dead caribou. Bush Pilots have reported seeing caribou.. moving, quickly, in a horizontal position
Well, lets stop right here and let me extend an invitation to you. Anyone, come on up here, talk to the bush pilots.
They will tell you.. what they have seen with their own eyes, but you will not believe them, becuase, YOU KNOW BETTER. even though you have never been up here or heard of this before.
Come on up !! See and experience it for yourself.
HAVE I GOT YOUR ATTENTION NOW ??
good. I have no need to lie or exagerate about any of what goes on up here. I have no problem with the truth however I do have a huge problem with Liars and phoneies. that is why I stay up here in the Arctic.. Heaven on Earth. IMHO.
Luke Koonuk Jr. was recently, out hunting, many miles from Point Hope, Imagine this, you travel hundreds of miles into a vast empty area, Luke's 4 wheel honda was stuck in the mud. He had tried and tried and tried to lift, move or budge it to get it out of the ruts to get free. He was exhausted bent over huffing and puffing, Exausted, bent over,.. .. suddenly out of the corner of his eye he sees,.............His honda rise in the air and come bouncing down on firmer ground and somethibng, a blur, was running away.
When ANY HUNTER IS LOST.. .. .. stuck. .. .. in trouble.. these people appear out of no where to assist and wisk away..Gone in a flash.
TOO MANY people up here have had too many experiences,.. .. !! I could go on and on with stories of what goes on up here and I promise to tell .. all I have experienced during my almost 3 decades of living among the Inupiaq peoples.
Hunters, experienced hunters often talk about caribou that they have shot & killed. Dead. & it disappears before they reach it.
Make no mistake, these people are very good in what they do, they are perhaps the best hunters in the world.
Jump on a 4 wheel honda or a snowmobile, and go 200 miles out into this empty region.....@ 50 below zero and stay out there for weeks... YOu see a caribou and shoot it, it falls down, motionless, they wait and watch. have a smoke. wait and watch. We do not waste time out here, driving. gas is too expensive. well over 5,00 per gallon for years up here.
That caribou is dead, said Joe Oktillik, I got on my machine and drove over those hills,. and ?? where is it? I know this is the spot, there is no blood anyplace, no tracks to the left or the right and no tracks going straight ahead...The last place I looked Joe said.. .. was up ! Caribou is gone, no tracks?
This happens a lot up here.
I am not going to waste time here tring to convince anyone. Come on up.. .. go out there.;. and see what happens. I can be your guide. Or connect you to a reputable source. The best time to come on up here, is in June during whaling festival, in Barrow; I live here now, and I am inviting any and all that wish to see, experience, life in the arctic. Although my house is small, I can comfortably fit 4 people @ any time. I have two spare rooms in my two story house here in Barrow Alaska. There are 5 adults living in this toasty warm house and two rooms to spare for any who wish to visit the Arctic @ the top of the world in Barrow. There are also a few hotels in town, but they do not offer free home cooked meals,5 times per day if necessary !!!
So lets talk about "what goes on up here in the arctic... ... ...
STRANGE THINGS YOU WILL NEVER BELIEVE!!!!
there is so much more to come.!!!
This is ground zero, for finding fossil ivory, the best in the state because of the constantly changing swift currents, which are controlled by the strong winds
This one of the main beaches we hunt for fossil ivory, located some 30 miles north of the village. This is one of the great hot spots for ivory due to the swift, strong, changing currents in this area. May - Sept, people live out here for weeks on end, digging, walking, moving huge rocks, climbing cliffs and searching high and low.
The end of August in one area, this fossil ivory floats up and along the beach @ midnight. That is the best time to sit and wait and watch, People stay out here, waiting for an East wind to kick up the surf, and in storms people are out, waiting watching, You can "hear" the ivory in the waves, that distinctive "ping" as gravel hits the ivory as it is tumbling in the waves, some people have tied ropes to their waist and are secured as they run into the waves to "fetch" a piece that is seen. Some of these "baseball" bat size fossil tusks fetch many thousands of dollars when sold. The darker the ivory is, the more valuable it is. Black Ivory is said to be 10,000 years old, for it to achieve that state of absorbing all of the elements of the sea, Point Hope has the most dramatic fossil Ivory that I have seen any place. In Barrow the fossil ivory is different. because it just "sits" in the sand, the patterns are dull instead of sharp, dark contrasting patterns, such as we find here in Point Hope. But non-the-less, fossil ivory is a way of life up here. After any storm, get out on your honda or just walk the shoreline, put in the time.. .. and you will find it. I guarantee you it will sell in less than a new york second and that is pretty fast !@!
After flying for an hour an a half, we come across the next village, Point Lay,
250 people, if that, Live in this village.
Very few jobs in such a tiny village, and people have to provide a way / manner in which to live without having a "job". What are the other choices ? Hunt, fish, for food, Arts & Crafts, for cash ! The Barge has arrived, which is an annual event that all villages depend upon. Seattle - Top of the World with stops in each village usually lasting 3-5 days to unload the materials needed to survive through the next winter.
The don't go whaling in Pt. Lay, too far out, too much work, they do hunt beluga whales & walrus & plents of "fish" of all types, but for whaling, different people travel to different villages to take part in which is undoublty the best two months of the year. Living out on the ocean ice .. .. just can't be put into words, I can't. The rush, the excitement, another world, another planet ! HIGH IN THE ARCTIC .. .. !!
After another 1 1/2 hours we come upon the village of Wainwright, Population about 650. Nothing else exists upon the land between these villages for "human type" cities, settlements. this vast region is empty. ?? ha ha ha !
People, ?? have been spotted, observed, in all of these village areas, during the winter time, when it is dark out, & even when "light" out, as was reported by many individuals one July in 1988. It was about 2:a.m. in the moring, sun is bright and just like 2 in the afternoon in the summer, nice and bright.
3 different individuals from three different homes, looked out their kitchen window, toward.. Kamaqtoak "this was their view"
this image and the snow fence way off to the left side, This event took place between the 2 large whale bones and the snow fence. I must admit when I first heard this.. from a close friend, I did not beieve it one bit, then another person from a different house told me the same story, I still did not believe. Then a person who witnessed this told me what he had seen.. I was shocked, astounded and my mouth was hanging wide open, only because this person was not an Eskimo.
I had known him for many years, and we spoke quite often and I was amazed at his articulate speech & intelligence, He was very well educated in California.
When Joe told me this story the hair stood right up on the back of my neck.
This was a different Joe, 800 miles away, near Nome. Joe Garney, He has been on television on the history channel and I have met him in person and we spoke for over 4 hours, whew.
But Joe Cassados in Pt. Hope was telling me what he saw during the daylight hours. Something black, darker than black, was "spooked" behind the snowfence, looking, agitated, scared. He darted out from behind the snow fence and ran to the bones @ Kamaktauk. He is scared, hyper-active, peeking from out behind the big bone, looking in all directions scared, This "blacker than black" figure is noticeably very afraid of "something' ?
Then this figure all "black" - blacker than black. darted out from behind the bones and started to run back towards the snowfence. STOPPED. half way... and just a figure skater will spin, on the ice... this figure began to spin,.. ... on the dry tundra,...
and went down, down, down, clear out of sight !
Joe Garney in a small village near Nome Alaska tells a story much similiar of blacker than black figure with red eyes.. walking acrouss the tundra as the figure is going down down .. just like it is walking down "invisible stairs".
Quite a few sightings in the last couple of years in Point Hope of these red eyed figures, Darting quickly under a house, and disappearing.
One particular hunting cabin outside of the village near some very old graves, this cabin had to be burned down and destroyed. Stranger than strange events took place on a very regular basis here. Witnessed by too many people from Pt.Hope reported, hearing someone knocking on the door, Faces in windows when no one else was around. Objects flying through the air inside of the house. This house was burned down because of the repeated freaky events that took place on a regular basis.