Tradition

The Kuukpik people continue the important tradition of the bowhead whale hunt for the community. The residents of the Delta have short window of time to gather and subsist the animals that clothe and feed the people. Subsistence of these resources is a strong part of the traditions that unify the North Slope communities – a tradition that holds strong ties to the land, sea and animals of the region. Among other traditions in the village, along with hunting, fishing and whaling, are Eskimo dancing, Eskimo traditional games, the blanket toss festival and the spring and fall festivities. The Board of Directors and all staff promote the strong traditions because it is who we are and who we have become.