[A Living People, A Living Culture] One of the things I think a lot of people need
to understand is, we aren’t a museum piece. The Iñupiat people are a living people, and a living culture. Even though we’re in northern Alaska,
which covers this vast area from Nome all the way over to the Canadian border, is that there’s this extreme value of
interconnectedness and interdependence. It’s a hunting society, a gathering society from thousands of years. This is what creates our culture. That special relationship between humans, and the natural world, and the animals, and that it teaches you how to have a society that doesn’t do too much harm to the world. Love and respect: for nature, for one another, for elders, a very, very fundamental value. Key to life. Our values are something that bind us all: the importance of sharing with one another. The importance of spirituality and the connection to the land, our traditions, how we hunt, sharing of stories and songs and dances. I am Iñupiaq. I am from the Arctic Ocean. Iñupiaguruŋa. I am Iñupiaq. It’s very important to me. It’s who I am as a person. And we’re very proud of who we are,
and we want to continue that.