Experience a Traditional Whale Hunt in Northern Alaska | Short Film Showcase

Experience a Traditional Whale Hunt in Northern Alaska | Short Film Showcase

On the sea ice in northern Alaska, the Inupiat wait for the whales. The tradition spans 1,000 years, and a successful catch will feed an entire community for the winter.
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During whaling season, crew members spend their days watching the icy Arctic water for the right moment to strike. It will take courage and skill to achieve their mission, and they must avoid desperately hungry polar bears along the way. But in the long moments they stand on the ice, protected from the wind inside a fur-lined parka, a timeless gratitude develops. In those moments, the patient act of waiting transforms into a prayer for the whale. Anaiyyun: Prayer for the Whale, from filmmaker Kiliii Yüyan, tells the story of an Inupiat whaling crew that hunts where the vast plain of ice meets the waters of the Arctic Ocean.

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Experience a Traditional Whale Hunt in Northern Alaska | Short Film Showcase

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50 Comments

  1. Captain Cody on December 19, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    Traditional whale hunt, shoot the whale with a rifle, bring to shore. Maybe the rifle was bear protection but are you really going to be dragged around in a little boat when you have a gun. I am guessing that is why they did not show the kill. My question is does a whale float once dead or do they have to get one line it if first?

  2. Mushtaq Ahmad on December 19, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    Masha Allah very nice video thankso much

  3. Widodo Akrom on December 19, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    Militer sonar kill more whales rather than the hunting

  4. Trustan Taylor on December 19, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    Them golden eye 🥰

  5. Song Lovers on December 19, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    Poor whale’s

  6. David Hopson on December 19, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    I really enjoyed this video of the people living and showing respect. For the animal God bless each of the people I pray in Jesus Christ Holly name amen

  7. Antônio lira on December 19, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    Até parece que fazendo orações vão se redimir desse horrível ato de crueldade.

  8. Jessii Mamii on December 19, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    This is the only time it is acceptable for a whale to be killed.
    Not by huge fishing boats for consumer consumption.

  9. Abel jr Kalai on December 19, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    Their way of saying polar bear “nanuq” is the same in our language here in Nunavut canada

  10. National Geographic on December 19, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    A lot of work goes into a traditional Alaskan whale hunt, with a successful catch playing a big part in a community’s survival. For more information on these hunts, you can read on here: https://on.natgeo.com/2FU4giC

  11. Marco on December 19, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    one whale less… this was perfectly fine 100 years ago when the oceans were full but doing this now in modern times when the entire planet is dieing is insane. on top of that going back to your gas heated modern homes with refrigerators and TVs atvs snowmobiles 4x4s north face jackets.. it kind of kills the whole vibe im sure they are also importing all kinds of food on top of that

  12. Rodrigo Alves on December 19, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    mataram o urso também , agora não sei se foi pq era uma ameaça para eles ou se foi para agasalhos para o frio, provavelmente as duas coisas .

  13. SnizzlesYT on December 19, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    The skins they wear as so sick! I’d love one of those!

  14. E J on December 19, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    I kind of want to know what this whale taste like now.

  15. SIR on December 19, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    That soup looking sad af I ain’t eating that for my life

  16. Xstrange on December 19, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    1 whale/year?

  17. SUSANTA CHOWDHURY on December 19, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    Wheather it is industrial or not … whatever the reason … killing such e beautiful creature may not be acceptable ..

  18. Reason on December 19, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    People in the comments are hypocrites. It’s good if primitive people do it but its bad when civilized people do it

  19. Jim Walsh on December 19, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    Worthless video. National Geographic is no more! What a shame.

  20. Edwin Pradanos on December 19, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    Its matter of surviving. If you were in thier shoes you wont last long.

  21. Jonas VanKarte on December 19, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    Yo why do asians always gotta kill sea mammals?

  22. Dragon CyberX Magic on December 19, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    Cool

  23. mitchell Butler on December 19, 2020 at 10:19 pm

    Can’t you guys raise chickens instead?

  24. mike young on December 19, 2020 at 10:19 pm

    A lot of meat in a natural freezer

  25. 701 777 on December 19, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    morons

  26. Chumpy the Anteater on December 19, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    You know for all y’all triggered in the comment section. Everything on whale doesn’t go to waste, and this isn’t the industrial whaling that we did about 200 years ago.

  27. Moutasim Macaalin on December 19, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    They not helping whales and animals lol

  28. David Lait on December 19, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    Ah yes, what brand is that traditional motor?

  29. Nicholas Vaska on December 19, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    I dont see why people always give us hate when we hunt and eat our traditional foods we dont give you hate because you guys eat your fast food

  30. Errol Gumusdere on December 19, 2020 at 10:31 pm

    Get a job

  31. Sunyang Fu on December 19, 2020 at 10:31 pm

    isn’t whale meat toxic?

  32. Laurence Jayme on December 19, 2020 at 10:31 pm

    Extinction is the next issue.

  33. Laurence Jayme on December 19, 2020 at 10:33 pm

    People make Excuses of Whaling for the Sake of Their Culture and Business. Supporting of Killing Innocent of Animals for the Sake of Survival.

    It’s like telling people the Smoking of Cigarrete is part of Culture even it kills you.

  34. Gavin du Randt on December 19, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    Poor quality video!!!

  35. Dina Aditama on December 19, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    Can i just go to this place with a peacefull people and beautiful traditions

  36. ar_ krrish on December 19, 2020 at 10:39 pm

    Kill them all!

  37. Devin Warfieeld on December 19, 2020 at 10:39 pm

    This reminds me of hills have eyes now ice have eyes lmao

  38. rambo321 on December 19, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    GTA 6 should be in Alaska lets GOO

  39. Jet Lee on December 19, 2020 at 10:45 pm

    They didn’t show the killing part… crazy how they manage to get it out the water lol

  40. pete ocean on December 19, 2020 at 10:45 pm

    Tlingit here in phx AZ. I remember the tradition. One day I will go back. Last was back in 2012. I miss the -40 weather

  41. Austin Sousa on December 19, 2020 at 10:46 pm

    That’s life !!!!

  42. Khushi Ram on December 19, 2020 at 10:47 pm

    Who told them to live there this is their choice coz they want to kill the ecosystem
    They killed polar bears whale lot of casualty is living their mo**er f**kers

  43. Wiremu Buchanan on December 19, 2020 at 10:48 pm

    kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  44. Michael Menei on December 19, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    To everyone saying they should stop hunting the whales because they’re endangered.

    Three things.

    1. Bowhead whales are not endangered.
    2. Even if they were, what you folks don’t understand is unlike whalers such as the Japanese who overhunt, the Inuits only hunt as much as they need, one whale alone being enough to keep them fed the entire year and make sure to not have any part go to waste. If that ain’t respect for the animal they hunt, I don’t know what is.
    3. They’ve been hunting whales for thousands of years. It’s a traditional part of their life so to take that away from them would be disgraceful.

  45. Constance Krischan on December 19, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    I say it’s open season on Japanese whale hunters!

  46. Possum Cod's on December 19, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    -30 outside, nothing to do. Let’s grill a whale

  47. Sean Flanagan on December 19, 2020 at 10:53 pm

    Beautiful experience

  48. Suraj Lama on December 19, 2020 at 10:53 pm

    Governments is band for whale hunter for police case for ponish n

  49. Samuel Adams on December 19, 2020 at 10:55 pm

    good to see the traditional outboard motor put to good use

  50. Johnny Cab on December 19, 2020 at 10:55 pm

    Suicide is high in places like this

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