2006 Success for quvan crew!

The whale gave itself to the crew in the morning of the first day of the fall whaling season..

Below are pictures of the Quvan Crew’s whale. The Captain is Herman Ahsoak. Co-captain is Jonas Ahsoak. Photos by Joseph Napaaqtuq Sage.











Quvan Crew flag: When a whaling crew is successful, they will bring their boat next to the whale while butchering and fly their crew’s flag. Here, the Quvan Crew’s flag is proudly flying near the butchering site.

Quvan Crew’s whale: Workers are quick to butcher the bowhead whale harvested by Quvan Crew. During the fall whaling season, the whales are brought to shore and then onto the old runway for butchering. This old runway is located approximately 5 miles from town. This site is selected because the smell of the whale attracts the ever alert polar bear, and the further away from town, the better.


Soup: L-R: Butcher Ray Kious, Quvan Crew Captain Herman Ahsoak, Co-Captain Jonas Ahsoak and his wife Heidi Ahsoak enjoy some hot soup while taking a break from butching Quvan Crew’s whale

Other successful whaling crews were
North Slope Borough Crew, led by Mayor Edward Itta Saggan Crew, 
Olemaun Crew; City of Barrow led by Mayor Nate Olemaun

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