Photo by Katie Orlinsky @katieorlinsky | Flora Aiken processes a seal near Utqiaġvik (Barrow), Alaska. Hunting is an important rite of passage for the Inupiat families of the Alaskan Arctic, especially as these traditions are at an even greater risk of disappearing because of climate change. Whaling, hunting, fishing, and foraging for food (known as subsistence) is not only crucial as a food source for remote Inupiat communities, it is one of the most important aspects of cultural, spiritual, and everyday life. Traditionally hunting was a gendered activity, with women focused more on processing, cooking, and foraging, but that has all changed; as climate change and modernization undermine Inupiat subsistence practices, more women are engaging in them at every step to help keep traditions alive.

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Photo by Katie Orlinsky @katieorlinsky | Flora Aiken processes a seal near Utqiaġvik (Barrow), Alaska. Hunting is an important rite of passage for the Inupiat families of the Alaskan Arctic, especially  as these traditions are at an even greater risk of disappearing because of climate change. Whaling, hunting, fishing, and foraging for food (known as subsistence) is not only crucial as a food source for remote Inupiat communities, it is one of the most important aspects of cultural, spiritual, and everyday life. Traditionally hunting was a gendered activity, with women focused more on processing, cooking, and foraging, but that has all changed; as climate change and modernization undermine Inupiat subsistence practices, more women are engaging in them at every step to help keep traditions alive.

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JP (@vamplove)

This doesn't need to happen anymore. It's time to Evolve and keep the Traditions alive in Storytelling.

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Julian Miller (@julianpam)

To all the people hating on this. Take a step out of your priveliged lives and realized that not everyone has the luxury of choosing exactly what they want to eat. Unless you can make vegetables grow in the snow, you should take your criticism back and rather use the time to educate yourself. These comments ridicules

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