Iñupiaq Eskimo Elder Eugene Brower, President of the Barrow Whaling Captains Association, Utqiaġvik, Alaska

Video Shot in: 2009

Eugene Brower reflects on his various roles and positions of leadership in the community of Barrow, now called Utqiaġvik, Alaska. He mentions becoming the president of the Barrow Whaling Captain Association in 1972 and subsequently being re-elected and serving as president multiple times. Eugene also mentions stepping down from the position, hoping that someone else would take over the responsibility of managing the whalers. He briefly mentions his three-year term as the mayor of Barrow for one term, and his involvement in the city council. Eugene highlights the need to be a jack of all trades to survive in the old days, mentioning his varied roles as an equipment operator, laborer, and electronic technician. Eugene shares his humble beginnings in a sod hut, where he never could have imagined one day becoming the mayor of Utqiaġvik (Barrow), Alaska.