Point Hope, Alaska
Life on Frozen Water
Distributed for University of Alaska Press
This book is a window to the daily life and the environment of the Tikigaq, the Inupiaq people of Point Hope, Alaska, as seen in photographs taken by young Norwegian artist Berit Arnestad Foote from 1959 to 1962. In Berit Foote’s days in Point Hope fifty years ago, the ice covered the sea in October and did not clear until July. In recent years, however, the Arctic ice has been changing rapidly, and so are the lives of people in Point Hope and across the North. This book—a call to action as well as a work of art—provides powerful documentation of how profoundly the entire fabric of a community’s life and culture is affected by the ice that surrounds it.