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Nuvuk, the Northernmost: Altered Land, Altered Lives in Barrow, Alaska


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For years, tour guide Daniel Lum has brought visitors as well as his children out to the remote corners of Barrow, Alaska, one of the northernmost cities in the world, to witness polar bears and walrus on the dark, sandy beaches. Over time, snapping pictures for tourists and shooting photographs of his own, he has been a first-hand witness to the profound environmental changes taking place as his homeland shifts and disappears before his eyes. 

As arguments over climate change rage in more temperate locales, Nuvuk, the Northernmost is a poignant snapshot of life in a town where these changes are impossible to overlook. Lum’s vivid photographs of wildlife, such as whales, polar bears, and birds, offer rare close-ups of animals few ever see. In addition, Lum provides vivid descriptions and pictures of daily life in and around Barrow, offering a compelling insider’s introduction to living on the tip of the world. With Lum as a capable guide, Nuvuk, the Northernmost is a chance to see a rare world before it changes forever.

About the Author

Daniel James Inulak Lum lives in Barrow, Alaska, and runs tours there with his family, specializing in trips to Nuvuk. He is a descendant of the Iñupiat Eskimos and studies the Iñupiat language.

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Skin Boat Frame

Midnight Sun at Nuvuk

Walrus on Floating Pack Ice

Playground in Darkness

Arctic Fox in Snow Storm

Beach Fog

Large Male

White Bear at Bone Pile

Flatfoot at Nuvuk

Melting Ocean

Stuck in the Lagoon

Fox Near Ancient Graves

Red Fox

Snowy Owl on Gravel Hill

Beyond White

Bearded Seal-Skin Boat

Chilly Honda

Arctic Fox Tiptoeing

Polar Bear Fight

Victor Onshore

Stranded Walrus in the Sun

Young Boys Butcher Walrus


Iñupiaq Boy

PigniQ in Winter

Baleen Palm Tree


Spring Traditional Games


Fox Over Polar Bear

Rough Bear

Iñupiaq Girl in Spring with Skin Boat

Northernmost American Flag

Inverted Paw Print

Meat Rack at Duck-Hunting Camp

Bear Force One

Content Polar Bear

Young and Full

Largest Carnivore



Old Village Site, Graveyard Washing Away

Dog Team on Ice

Tundra Swans in Spring


Duck Camp in Summer

Mother and Daughter Bears at Nuvuk

Ivory Gull

Arctic Tern at Freshwater Lake 

Black Guillemot Pair at Nuvuk


Young Snowy Owl at Camp

Summer Lake

Black Guillemot Nest

Short-billed Dowitchers

Long Grey Whale

Jaeger Eats Gull

Barge at Barrow

Prints in Sand

No Ice at Nuvuk

Boy and a Whale

Abandoned Ice Cellar

Abandoned Hut

Young Bull at Nuvuk


The Erosion of Nuvuk

Red Phalarope Gathering

Falcon in White Phase

Lady Catches Walrus

Kids, Walrus, and New York Bagels

King Eider Ducks

Bowhead Whale

Gulls in a Storm

Arctic Terns at Nuvuk

Finally Sunset

Epilogue: Nuvuk

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Lum, Daniel James Inulak
University of Alaska Press
Lum, Daniel
General Photography
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8 x 10 in

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