Iñupiaq elder Eugene Brower's early experiences as a harpooner

Video Shot in: 2022

Iñupiaq elder Eugene Brower recounts his early experiences as a harpooner and the techniques he learned. He describes how he was taught to throw harpoons balancing them like javelins, while also learning where and how to strike a moving whale. Eugene explains the use of explosive tips and black powder projectiles, highlighting the importance of timing and precision. He shares thrilling encounters with whales, including an albino beluga and a whale saving another from danger. Eugene’s stories showcase the intelligence and remarkable behaviors of these majestic creatures, leaving the listeners in awe.