Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Traditional-Music-and-Dance-in-Alaska-27MZIFVAVCSL.htmlConceptually similarTraditional Music and Dance in AlaskaGP04BQLCompleted★★★★Traditional Music and Dance in AlaskaGP04BQXCompleted★★★★Traditional Music and Dance in AlaskaGP04BR7Completed★★★★Traditional Music and Dance in AlaskaGP04BQRCompleted★★★★Traditional Music and Dance in AlaskaGP04BQTCompleted★★★★Traditional Music and Dance in AlaskaGP04BR8Completed★★★★Traditional Music and Dance in AlaskaGP04BRBCompleted★★★★Traditional Music and Dance in AlaskaGP04BQZCompleted★★★★Traditional Music and Dance in AlaskaGP04BRCCompleted★★★★View AllGP04BR3Traditional Music and Dance in AlaskaNew teachers are welcomed to the school in Point Hope with a performance of traditional song and dance. The skins of the Inupiaq drums are made of liver membrane from the bowhead whale. Music is important for the Inupiaq people living in the Arctic; most families have their own songs and dances that have been handed down from their ancestors.The Inupiaq people who live in Point Hope are descendants from one of the oldest subsistence whaling communities, and one of the oldest continually habited sites in North America, who have for millenia relied on the Arctic ecosystem and the marine resources of the Beaufort and Chukchi seas for their subsistence needs, both cultural and nutritional. Now lease sale 193 to oil giant Shell threatens to ruin what remains of this unique indigenous culture.Locations:Alaska-Arctic-Point HopeDate:16 Sep, 2011Credit:© Rose Sjölander / 70°Maximum size:5616px X 3744pxRestrictions:Ok for Greenpeace use and for approved external Greenpeace campaign related use. Contact the photographer directly or Greenpeace UK (firstname.lastname@example.org) for any other external licensing or sales.Keywords:Drums-Elderly-Indoors-Inupiat-KWCI (GPI)-Local population-Musicians-Save the Arctic (campaign title)-Schools-TraditionsShoot:70° North - Arctic Documentation70° North is a multimedia project documenting the impact of climate change and resources exploration in the Arctic.Shell's plans to drill offshore in the Alaskan Arctic in 2012 has divided the native communities who now stand at a crossroads between continued benefits from industry generated revenues and protecting the marine environment they have depended on for thousands of years. Shell's proposed offshore drill site is in the path of the bowhead whale's migration route. Many Inupiat hunters are concerned about Shell's lack of spill response capabilities if licenses are granted to drill offshore in the Arctic's Beaufort and Chukchi seasGreenpeace is campaigning for a global sanctuary to be declared around the uninhabited area of the North Pole to save the Arctic from attempts by oil companies to exploit the region’s resources for short term profit.