Politics & Whaling (Eugene Brower)

Video Shot in: 2022

Eugene shares his perspective on the lack of knowledge about the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and the federal government’s involvement in whaling among indigenous communities. He recounts the uproar caused by the moratorium on whaling imposed by the government, and the formation of the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission to protect the Iñupiaq way of life. Eugene also describes his defiance during a grand jury hearing and the subsequent intervention of Alaska Senator Ted Stevens. He highlights the unique cooperative agreement between the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission and the federal government, emphasizing the importance of enforcement and registration for whaling captains. Eugene expresses gratitude for Dr. Tom Albert’s support in documenting their whaling history and fighting for Iñupiaq rights. The conversation jokingly touches on Craig George, who arrived in Utqiaġvik with an Afro and was initially seen as a “hippie freak!”