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kiliiiyuyan

Kiliii Yuyan Indigenous Nanai + Chin-Amer Photographer. @NatGeo Contributor. Arctic Specialist. Writing new narratives of indigenous, minorities, and land. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/opening-reception-kiliii-yuyan-on-the-sea-ice-we-wear-white-tickets-50693188692?aff=web
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kiliiiyuyan

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Kiliii Yuyan
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!
31 794 3 days ago
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!
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Kiliii Yuyan
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!
34 1,548 3 weeks ago
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!
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Kiliii Yuyan
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!
16 1,440 3 weeks ago
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!
kiliiiyuyan

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Kiliii Yuyan
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!
10 948 3 weeks ago
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!
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Kiliii Yuyan
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!
14 1,149 3 weeks ago
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!
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Kiliii Yuyan
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!
9 1,143 3 weeks ago
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!
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Kiliii Yuyan
At eleven years old, Steven Reich 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!
10 1,277 3 weeks ago
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!
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Siana Reich is the six year old daughter of the whaling captain. Many Iñupiat introduce their children to subsistence early in life. This is her first year out on the sea ice, during 2018. 
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!
10 941 4 weeks ago
Siana r***h is the six year old daughter of the whaling captain. many iñupiat introduce their children to subsistence early in life. this is her first year out on the sea ice, during 2018.
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!
kiliiiyuyan

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Kiliii Yuyan
Bernadette Adams, hailed by Western media as the first woman harpooner, is in fact from a long lineage of women subsistence whalers. She is an integral part of Sherrick crew and deeply 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!
15 1,083 4 weeks ago
Bernadette adams, hailed by western media as the first woman harpooner, is in fact from a long lineage of women subsistence whalers. she is an integral part of sherrick crew and deeply 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!
kiliiiyuyan

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Kiliii Yuyan
Foster Simmonds, a lifelong member of Yugu crew, is an elder that Yugu crew will ask for knowledge when out on the sea ice. Foster has so many stories. These stories have embedded within a deep knowledge of the environment as passed down through 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!
12 1,067 4 weeks ago
Foster simmonds, a lifelong member of yugu crew, is an elder that yugu crew will ask for knowledge when out on the sea ice. foster has so many stories. these stories have embedded within a deep knowledge of the environment as passed down through 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!
kiliiiyuyan

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Kiliii Yuyan
Larry Lucas Kaleak is the co-captain of Yugu crew. Though the captain makes the most important decisions for the crew, the co-captain deals with many of the logistics of being on the sea ice and much of the gear preparation for the months camping.

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!
20 1,196 4 weeks ago
Larry lucas kaleak is the co-captain of yugu crew. though the captain makes the most important decisions for the crew, the co-captain deals with many of the logistics of being on the sea ice and much of the gear preparation for the months camping.

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!
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Kiliii Yuyan
Qallu 'Tad' Reich is the captain of Yugu crew. Each year the umialiq spends upwards of $10,000 to support his crew. In return, he will have the knowledge that he has provided for his community.

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!
12 1,066 4 weeks ago
Qallu 'tad' r***h is the captain of yugu crew. each year the umialiq spends upwards of $10,000 to support his crew. in return, he will have the knowledge that he has provided for his community.

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!