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A Whaling Season in Alaska

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A Whaling Season in Alaska is an interactive documentary film by journalist Zoe Lamazou and artist Victor Gurrey that centers on the lives of people who live in northwestern Alaska, where oil drilling has drastically altered daily life over the past five decades. In particular, the project focuses on the Inupiat community in this region and the importance of spring whaling season in these communities. In this interactive documentary (which accompanies a book by Lamazou and Gurrey of the same title), viewers follow Lamazou and Gurrey as they travel from Fairbanks, Alaska to the cities of Prudhoe Bay, Kaktovik, and Point Hope. Along the way, viewers are introduced, through video interviews, to a number of individuals who live in these communities. These people include Robert Thompson, who is active in the Indigenous Environmental Network in Kaktovik; Flora Rexford, who teaches Inupiaq (the Inupiat language) to children in Kaktovik; and the Killigvuk family, who participate in whale hunting in Point Hope. These interviews are accompanied by photo-journals along with notes from Lamazou's journals and Gurrey's illustrations. The entire documentary is approximately fifty minutes in length. Visitors may also choose to browse the different components of the documentary via the itinerary section.
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Date of Scout Publication 2018-03-30
Archived Scout Publication URL https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2018/0330

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