Tikigaq, Our Village by the Frozen Sea

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Arctic Fox in Old Tikigaq

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Northern Lights above the cemetery and airstrip. 

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Setting a net.

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Ice over the sea, the sun setting.

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A sliver of sunlight falls on Old Tikigaq.

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Old Tikigaq bathed in November light.

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Umiak and home, Old Tikigaq.

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The cemetery with fresh snow.

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Waiting for whales.

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A polar bear paw print.

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Sewn and ready – an umiak on a rack.

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First whale of the season!

25 comments on “Tikigaq, Our Village by the Frozen Sea

  1. regarding alaskas sept. issue ,your treble hook in ling and single hook in rockfish means you must lose some lures.iuse two assist hooks on top and bang rocks with bottom of 8oz jig has landed me some nice 50+ fish.fished all over for last 50 years and only keep 1 ling july 1st. retired airline pilot i visit alaska twice a year. your article andd 100$ hamburgers were great because ive eaten at those cafes.

    • We agree with you on the treble hooks. We usually buy lures that don’t have hooks, or we replace the trebles with assist hooks. In the case of the photo, I was being lazy and hadn’t bothered to re-rig the lure with assist hooks. It’s not just that trebles tend to result in more lost fish and lost lures – they fail to hook fish in the first place and are a nuisance to deal with when unhooking fish. Thanks for reading and commenting, and Tight Lines!

  2. I have no idea about fishing but I love your blog for the passion you exude and the brilliant photography. I shared this blog with my husband and we are harboring secret thoughts of visiting Alaska… What a beautiful place :)

  3. Wow! Great photos and a great story! I wandered over here after reading the great comment on my blog. I LOVE what you guys are doing…people after my own heart.
    May I ask a question? Are you guys supporting yourself with the fishing or other work or are you retired? I’m always curious at the creative ways people pull off living outside the box.

    • Thanks for reading and commenting. We both teach on Alaska’s North Slope. Nine months of the year, home is a small Inupiaq (Eskimo) village 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle. There are no roads in and out of Point Hope, and the winter winds can be brutal. But there is an incredible beauty to this place in the far north. We feel lucky to be part of it. In May we migrate south to Seward where we keep our boats and our pickup and the camper that fits atop the pickup. It’s a balance that works, as winters give us lots of time to study, write and edit photos while our summers seem to fly past with sailing, boating, fishing and exploring in our camper.

  4. Hellopaurapagin,
    I am approximately two thousand mile east to your map on the Hudson Bay, Rankin Inlet and 50 miles north of a place called Tikirajuaq (Whale Cove). Just to confirm that our language is very consistant especially place names.

  5. All your pictures are excellent however Your “sliver of sunlight” photo made me pause for breath… What a spectacular blog you have! Kind regards, metiefly

  6. Amazing photos! I have a good grasp of geography but had to google Tikigaq. The arctic fox is beautiful- do you mind if I use it for a reference in a painting? Your blog is awesome!

  7. Very nicely done, I enjoyed all of it. A lot different than Kodiak Island for sure: Thanks

      • Envy bursting out here in Brooking OR on the Oregon Coast. Salmon fishing has been awesome here. Found your site looking for less salt to brine all the Salmon we have caught. Thanks for you site, I will follow because of like interest. Best to you.

        Sam Jones

        • I think you’re going to like our brining/smoking recipe, Sam. Lots of enthusiastic feedback over the years. I used to fish kings off the coast near Seaside… good memories of lots of limits within sight of shore in my friend’s C-Dory, which we used to take out through the surf. Crabs in the pots on good days. Thanks for reading.

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