Eugene Brower and Craid George Discuss Iñupiaq & Scientific Exchanges.

Video Shot in: 2022

Craig George, in response to kind words from his friend Eugene Brower, explains that he started working at the animal research facility in 1977, where he met Tom Albert and developed a good working relationship. He became involved in logistical tasks and eventually joined the bowhead whale research team. In order to set up acoustic arrays and track the whales’ migration, the scientists incorporated traditional Iñupiaq knowledge about the bowheads, including their ability to swim under the ice undetected. This approach led scientists to increase abundance estimates and the verification of a population increase over time, as the Iñupiaq hunters had been telling the scientists all along. In turn, Eugene acknowledges the valuable training he himself received from both local and renowned scientists.