A table-side view of one of Utqiaġvik’s most animated card games

Jun 24, 2019

A card game played all over Alaska is  chaotic, competitive -- and lightning fast. While it goes by many names — on the North Slope it’s called “snerts.”

A snerts tournament even is part of the local spring festival, Piuraagiaqta, in Utqiaġvik.

It’s one of the most popular games in town. Groups of die-hard enthusiasts play on a regular basis.

What does warmer temperatures and changing ice mean for whalers?

May 13, 2019

On the North Slope of Alaska, the Iñupiat tradition of hunting bowhead whales has an ancestry more than 1,500 years old.

Today in Utqiaġvik there are two annual hunts when the whales pass by on their migration. The fall hunt has historically been done on open water, and the spring hunt from the ice that attaches to the coast each winter.