A teenager on a Gambell whaling crew scored the village’s second successful strike of the season

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Someone commented that they didn’t think whaling was even legal in today’s world. Unfortunately, for some it’s still legal and in places like Alaska and northern Canada it’s reported on as if it’s business as usual:

https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/rural-alaska/2017/04/24/a-teenager-on-a-gambell-whaling-crew-scored-the-villages-second-successful-strike-of-the-season/

  • Author: Davis Hovey, KNOM
  • Updated: 2 days ago
  • Published 2 days ago
This 200-year-old female bowhead whale was caught off Gambell. Sixteen-year-old Chris Apassingok was credited with the strike. (Karen Trop / KNOM)

This 200-year-old female bowhead whale was caught off Gambell. Sixteen-year-old Chris Apassingok was credited with the strike. (Karen Trop / KNOM)

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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3 thoughts on “A teenager on a Gambell whaling crew scored the village’s second successful strike of the season

  1. Captain Watson said it all in the last post, saying the following: “People like the Yupik, the Faroese, the thugs in Taiji, the Orca killing scum in St. Vincent and the whaling gangsters of Iceland, Norway, and Japan are despicable murderous bastards, all justifying their cruel infliction of death in the name of thev mother of all justifications–culture.”

    Amen! Captain Watson did not make any excuses for heritage, custom, tradition. He did not equivocate and hide behind sanctimonious political correctness. He called out all the guilty and condemned them equally. He is right and he is fair.

    Killing a venerable 200-year-old whale! It doesn’t get any lower than that.

  2. People say its not right, people say its murder, people say its unfortunate. If you haven’t lived our way of life, our culture, you will not undersand unless you go hungry and thats all you have to eat. We do it for survival purposes only. You see, we don’t have chicken, cow, or pig on the island.

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