Whaling Culture and Climate Change Point Hope, a remote Iñupiat eskimo village on Alaska’s northwest coast faces an unknown future. The subsistence community relies on thick sea ice for their annual spring whale hunt, timed with the northern migration of bowhead and beluga whales. However the sea ice is developing later in the year than it has in the past (at times, not until mid winter instead of late fall) and when it does come in, it hasn’t been as reliably thick. This weak ice, known locally as “funny ice”, is unpredictable and can’t support the weight of an adult bowhead whale that is harvested and pulled onto the ice pack. For the 11 subsistence whaling villages of north/northwest Alaska that utilize the rich blubber and meat of whales to help feed their communities, this changing ice poses a threat to food security. But subsistence life is already threatened by an addiction to the income that oil resources have brought the villagers (who are shareholders in the native corporations that lease land to oil companies). A changing climate may hasten this threat to the subsistence life. These photos are an ongoing documentation of whaling culture in Point Hope and of a changing climate that may alter the community's connection with the sea forever.