Families and community members on St. Lawrence Island are eating bowhead whale after a local hunter caught Gambell’s second whale of the season last week.
Chris Apassingok, a 16-year-old who would normally be spending his days in high school, was the “striker,” or hunter credited with catching the 57-foot-long female bowhead whale for the community.
Apassingok introduced himself by his Yupik name when recounting his successful hunt:
“My Yupik name is Agragiiq. The girls on top of the beach saw a whale, and…
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