When 16-year-old Chris Apassingok killed a whale and brought it back to his village, he was living out an important part of his culture and providing food for his people. He was in no way prepared for the resulting backlash that erupted on social media and grew into vulgar insults and even death threats. We’ll look at the issue from a Native perspective and discuss what whaling means and how outside views affect this long-standing hunting tradition.
Chris Apassingok (Yupik) – whaler
Daniel Apassingok (Yupik) – boat captain
Chris Koonooka (Yupik) – Yupik teacher at Gamble School
Craig George – senior wildlife biologist with the North Slope Borough department of wildlife management
Break Music: Calling (song) RiverFlowz (artist) RiverFlowz Rural Recordings Malruk (album)