Rooftop of the World

On the rooftop of the world, the Iñupiat Heritage Center in Barrow, Alaska, tells the story of the Iñupiat people. They have thrived for thousands of years in one of the harshest climates on Earth, hunting the bowhead, or "Agviq." In the 19th century, these lonely seas swarmed with commercial whalemen from New England, who also sought the bowhead for its valuable baleen and blubber.

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Chase of the Bowhead Whale

The first Western Arctic whalers, the Inupiat, have hunted bowheads for thousands of years. The New Bedford Whaling Museum has more on Arctic whaling.

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Alaska Geographic

Learn how to help support the heritage center, by becoming a member of Alaska Geographic, our non-profit partner association.

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Iñupiat Heritage Center

This center serves as an inspirational facility to promote and protect Iñupiaq culture and language through exhibits, classes, performances, and more.

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