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Accession Number: TT.00917
Date of Photo: 1984
Caption: Ready for whaling.  Whaling captain George Ahmaogak [sic] (right) and crew member Bob Harcharek pose with the boat and weapons they will soon take into Arctic seas in search of bowhead.  Seven ugruk skins cover the boat, which is made in the style followed by the Inupiat for centuries.

Description: "Ready for whaling.  Whaling captain George [Ahmaogak]  (right) and crew member Bob Harcharek pose with the boat and weapons they will soon take into Arctic seas in search of bowhead.  Seven ugruk skins cover the boat, which is made in the style followed by the Inupiat for centuries."


Name: Bill Hess
Ethnicity: Non-indigenous
Role: Photographer

Name: George Ahmaogak
Ethnicity: Inupiat
Role: Subject

Name: Bob Harcharek
Ethnicity: Inupiat
Role: Subject

State: Alaska
Region: Arctic Slope
Community: Barrow

Indigenous Group: Inupiat
Publication Information: 1984/04/18
CD Number: 124

Annotations: 4-18-84- T.T
10-17-84- T.T.

NEW MAYOR.  Whaling captain George Ahmaogak was sworn in as the new mayor of the North Slope Borough last week.  Ahmaogak, the third person even elected to the mayor’s position and the fourth to actually serve, soundly defeated the incumbent, Eugene Brower with 843 votes against the latter’s 667.  Candidates Joseph Yupickson [sic] and Donald Long received 129 and 63 votes respectively.  an additional eight candidates vied for three seats on the seven-member borough assembly.  Eileen Pnigeo Maclean was elected to replace Donald Long and George Agnasagga.  Assemblywoman Flossie Hopson Andersen was re-elected to a second three-year term.  the assembly also declared Leona Okakok as the winner of one of three school board seats.  a run-off election will be held on November 6 between Jana Harcharek of Barrow, David Bodfish of Wainwright, Joseph Kaleak and Archie Brower of Kaktovik, all of whom received less than the required forty percent of the cast ballots needed for victory.

Ready for whaling.  Whaling captain George Ahmagoak [sic] (right) and crew member Bob Harcharek pose with the boat and weapons they will soon take into Arctic seas in search of bowhead.  Seven ugruk skins cover the boat, which is made in the style followed by the Inupiat for centuries.

Photo by Bill Hell
Keywords: Indigenous Groups:Inupiat
People:Leaders:Umialgich
Portraits:Group portraits
Subsistence:Hunting:Whaling
Transportation:Vehicles:Vessels:Boats:Umiat



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