2009 Nalukataq
 (Spring Whaling Celebration)

By Mary Anniagruk Sage
Photos by Mary Anniagruk Sage

Lona Penn and Fred Miller - Atkaan Whaling Crew member Lona Penn serves Fred "Stretch" Miller of Barrow some mikigaq - fermented whale meat and maktak (skin and fat) - a delicacy loved by many.

Patrick Tukrook - Patrick Tukrook separates the quaq - frozen whale meat - in preparation for serving it to the community during nalukataq. Quaq is eaten frozen, raw and most always with salt.


Nora Itta  and Thomas Nukapigak - Point Lay whaling captain Thomas Nukapigak and his mother, Nora Itta, enjoy nalukataq. Nukapigak's crew was on the ice during spring whaling in Point Lay when they heard Atkaan Whaling Crew announce the strike, and immediately went to assist the crew with their whale. Atkaan Whaling Crew Julius Rexford Sr. gave a heartfelt thanks to Nukapigak and his crew during the nalukataq for all of their help.

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