Last fall we embarked on a week-long tour of Iñupiaq communities around Alaska’s vast Arctic as part of a production team for Arctic Slope Regional Corporation. Based in Barrow, ASRC is one of the original ’native corporations’ established by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1972. Today they are the largest Alaska-owned company with a lot of diverse business interests and millions of acres of prime land holdings. But this wasn’t a corporate shoot. Organized by Brilliant Media Strategies in Anchorage, we chartered a plane to gain unrestricted access to the the villages of Point Hope, Point Lay, Wainwright, Atqasuk, Barrow, Nuiqsut, Kaktovik, and Anaktuvuk Pass.
Our mission was to produce photography and a handful of tv spots that celebrated the rich culture of these people as well as how the success of ASRC’s ventures has improved life in these villages. We photographed in the streets, the schools, tribal halls, city offices, gymnasiums, and people’s homes. To say that we met a lot interesting people is a huge understatement. Not to mention our pilot, a skilled Alaskan bush flyer, that did his best to accommodate our ever changing non-schedule. It’s hard to believe that he wants to be our guy if we ever need a pilot. We’ll put that in our back pocket.