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A crack in the ice that covers the Shishmaref Inlet, a lagoon on the west coast of Alaska. The frozen lagoon provides the residents of Shishmaref with access to the mainland and allows them to go further to hunt for caribou, bears and wolves. Shishmaref is a barrier island with a population of less than 600 Alaska native Inupiaq people located 30 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The island is threatened by global temperature rises which have disproportionately affected the Arctic. Rising water levels and increased erosion mean that Shishmaref is slowly being absorbed by the surrounding seas and the prognosis is that it will disappear completely over the next two decade
Children play near the the town's cemetery outside the town's only church. Shishmaref is a barrier island with a population of less than 600 Alaska native Inupiaq people located 30 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The island is threatened by global temperature rises which have disproportionately affected the Arctic. Rising water levels and increased erosion mean that Shishmaref is slowly being absorbed by the surrounding seas and the prognosis is that it will disappear completely over the next two decades.
Sled dogs chained beside their kennels wait for their owners to feed them while at the same time keeping a curious lookout at the goings on around them. Shishmaref is a barrier island with a population of less than 600 Alaska native Inupiaq people located 30 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The island is threatened by global temperature rises which have disproportionately affected the Arctic. Rising water levels and increased erosion mean that Shishmaref is slowly being absorbed by the surrounding seas and the prognosis is that it will disappear completely over the next two decades.
A family spend time in their living room in Shishmaref, a barrier island with a population of less than 600 Alaska native Inupiaq people located 30 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The island is threatened by global temperature rises which have disproportionately affected the Arctic. Rising water levels and increased erosion mean that Shishmaref is slowly being absorbed by the surrounding seas and the prognosis is that it will disappear completely over the next two decades.
Pastor Marvin Jonasen baptises a child at the Shishmaref Lutheran Church, the only church in the town. Shishmaref is a barrier island with a population of less than 600 Alaska native Inupiaq people located 30 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The island is threatened by global temperature rises which have disproportionately affected the Arctic. Rising water levels and increased erosion mean that Shishmaref is slowly being absorbed by the surrounding seas and the prognosis is that it will disappear completely over the next two decades.
53 year old Perry C. Curtis was born in Kotzebue, Alaska before moving to Shishmaref to live with his grand parents. He does not own any rifles for hunting but has an old 357 Magnum revolver he reluctantly shows. Shishmaref is a barrier island with a population of less than 600 Alaska native Inupiaq people located 30 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The island is threatened by global temperature rises which have disproportionately affected the Arctic. Rising water levels and increased erosion mean that Shishmaref is slowly being absorbed by the surrounding seas and the prognosis is that it will disappear completely over the next two decades.
Two month old Pancho lies on a bed at the family home. Shishmaref is a barrier island with a population of less than 600 Alaska native Inupiaq people located 30 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The island is threatened by global temperature rises which have disproportionately affected the Arctic. Rising water levels and increased erosion mean that Shishmaref is slowly being absorbed by the surrounding seas and the prognosis is that it will disappear completely over the next two decades.
Dennis Sinnok, who was born in Anchorage but moved to Shishmaref when he was still a child, examines the polar bear skin mounted on the wall of his. He is an accomplished bear, wolf, seal and walrus hunter. Shishmaref is a barrier island with a population of less than 600 Alaska native Inupiaq people located 30 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The island is threatened by global temperature rises which have disproportionately affected the Arctic. Rising water levels and increased erosion mean that Shishmaref is slowly being absorbed by the surrounding seas and the prognosis is that it will disappear completely over the next two decades.
Fred Weyiouanna, 32 years old and a lifelong resident, carries a caribou carcass to the walk-in-freezer to store the meat for the upcoming season. Shishmaref is a barrier island with a population of less than 600 Alaska native Inupiaq people located 30 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The island is threatened by global temperature rises which have disproportionately affected the Arctic. Rising water levels and increased erosion mean that Shishmaref is slowly being absorbed by the surrounding seas and the prognosis is that it will disappear completely over the next two decades.
An abandoned vehicle, one of many scattered around the village. Only the school and one resident have functional vehicles on the Island. Shishmaref is a barrier island with a population of less than 600 Alaska native Inupiaq people located 30 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The island is threatened by global temperature rises which have disproportionately affected the Arctic. Rising water levels and increased erosion mean that Shishmaref is slowly being absorbed by the surrounding seas and the prognosis is that it will disappear completely over the next two decades.
Gilford has a bath in a basin in the women's section of the Washeteria, a communal bath house. A bucket of hot water for this purpose costs two US Dollars. The Washeteria is the only place for residents to take showers and/or wash their clothes as there is no water system in the town. Shishmaref is a barrier island with a population of less than 600 Alaska native Inupiaq people located 30 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The island is threatened by global temperature rises which have disproportionately affected the Arctic. Rising water levels and increased erosion mean that Shishmaref is slowly being absorbed by the surrounding seas and the prognosis is that it will disappear completely over the next two decades.
A resident of Shishmaref looking outside through a window of his home. Shishmaref is a barrier island with a population of less than 600 Alaska native Inupiaq people located 30 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The island is threatened by global temperature rises which have disproportionately affected the Arctic. Rising water levels and increased erosion mean that Shishmaref is slowly being absorbed by the surrounding seas and the prognosis is that it will disappear completely over the next two decades.
A man cooks seal meat and blubber to feed to his kennel of sled dogs. He has about two dozen dogs being trained for sled running. Shishmaref is a barrier island with a population of less than 600 Alaska native Inupiaq people located 30 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The island is threatened by global temperature rises which have disproportionately affected the Arctic. Rising water levels and increased erosion mean that Shishmaref is slowly being absorbed by the surrounding seas and the prognosis is that it will disappear completely over the next two decades.
A frozen structure in Shishmaref. Shishmaref is a barrier island with a population of less than 600 Alaska native Inupiaq people located 30 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The island is threatened by global temperature rises which have disproportionately affected the Arctic. Rising water levels and increased erosion mean that Shishmaref is slowly being absorbed by the surrounding seas and the prognosis is that it will disappear completely over the next two decades.
  • A crack in the ice that covers the Shishmaref Inlet, a lagoon on the west coast of Alaska. The frozen lagoon provides the residents of Shishmaref with access to the mainland and allows them to go further to hunt for caribou, bears and wolves. Shishmaref is a barrier island with a population of less than 600 Alaska native Inupiaq people located 30 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The island is threatened by global temperature rises which have disproportionately affected the Arctic. Rising water levels and increased erosion mean that Shishmaref is slowly being absorbed by the surrounding seas and the prognosis is that it will disappear completely over the next two decade
    Children play near the the town's cemetery outside the town's only church. Shishmaref is a barrier island with a population of less than 600 Alaska native Inupiaq people located 30 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The island is threatened by global temperature rises which have disproportionately affected the Arctic. Rising water levels and increased erosion mean that Shishmaref is slowly being absorbed by the surrounding seas and the prognosis is that it will disappear completely over the next two decades.
    Sled dogs chained beside their kennels wait for their owners to feed them while at the same time keeping a curious lookout at the goings on around them. Shishmaref is a barrier island with a population of less than 600 Alaska native Inupiaq people located 30 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The island is threatened by global temperature rises which have disproportionately affected the Arctic. Rising water levels and increased erosion mean that Shishmaref is slowly being absorbed by the surrounding seas and the prognosis is that it will disappear completely over the next two decades.
    A family spend time in their living room in Shishmaref, a barrier island with a population of less than 600 Alaska native Inupiaq people located 30 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The island is threatened by global temperature rises which have disproportionately affected the Arctic. Rising water levels and increased erosion mean that Shishmaref is slowly being absorbed by the surrounding seas and the prognosis is that it will disappear completely over the next two decades.
    Pastor Marvin Jonasen baptises a child at the Shishmaref Lutheran Church, the only church in the town. Shishmaref is a barrier island with a population of less than 600 Alaska native Inupiaq people located 30 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The island is threatened by global temperature rises which have disproportionately affected the Arctic. Rising water levels and increased erosion mean that Shishmaref is slowly being absorbed by the surrounding seas and the prognosis is that it will disappear completely over the next two decades.
    53 year old Perry C. Curtis was born in Kotzebue, Alaska before moving to Shishmaref to live with his grand parents. He does not own any rifles for hunting but has an old 357 Magnum revolver he reluctantly shows. Shishmaref is a barrier island with a population of less than 600 Alaska native Inupiaq people located 30 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The island is threatened by global temperature rises which have disproportionately affected the Arctic. Rising water levels and increased erosion mean that Shishmaref is slowly being absorbed by the surrounding seas and the prognosis is that it will disappear completely over the next two decades.
    Two month old Pancho lies on a bed at the family home. Shishmaref is a barrier island with a population of less than 600 Alaska native Inupiaq people located 30 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The island is threatened by global temperature rises which have disproportionately affected the Arctic. Rising water levels and increased erosion mean that Shishmaref is slowly being absorbed by the surrounding seas and the prognosis is that it will disappear completely over the next two decades.
    Dennis Sinnok, who was born in Anchorage but moved to Shishmaref when he was still a child, examines the polar bear skin mounted on the wall of his. He is an accomplished bear, wolf, seal and walrus hunter. Shishmaref is a barrier island with a population of less than 600 Alaska native Inupiaq people located 30 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The island is threatened by global temperature rises which have disproportionately affected the Arctic. Rising water levels and increased erosion mean that Shishmaref is slowly being absorbed by the surrounding seas and the prognosis is that it will disappear completely over the next two decades.
    Fred Weyiouanna, 32 years old and a lifelong resident, carries a caribou carcass to the walk-in-freezer to store the meat for the upcoming season. Shishmaref is a barrier island with a population of less than 600 Alaska native Inupiaq people located 30 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The island is threatened by global temperature rises which have disproportionately affected the Arctic. Rising water levels and increased erosion mean that Shishmaref is slowly being absorbed by the surrounding seas and the prognosis is that it will disappear completely over the next two decades.
    An abandoned vehicle, one of many scattered around the village. Only the school and one resident have functional vehicles on the Island. Shishmaref is a barrier island with a population of less than 600 Alaska native Inupiaq people located 30 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The island is threatened by global temperature rises which have disproportionately affected the Arctic. Rising water levels and increased erosion mean that Shishmaref is slowly being absorbed by the surrounding seas and the prognosis is that it will disappear completely over the next two decades.
    Gilford has a bath in a basin in the women's section of the Washeteria, a communal bath house. A bucket of hot water for this purpose costs two US Dollars. The Washeteria is the only place for residents to take showers and/or wash their clothes as there is no water system in the town. Shishmaref is a barrier island with a population of less than 600 Alaska native Inupiaq people located 30 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The island is threatened by global temperature rises which have disproportionately affected the Arctic. Rising water levels and increased erosion mean that Shishmaref is slowly being absorbed by the surrounding seas and the prognosis is that it will disappear completely over the next two decades.
    A resident of Shishmaref looking outside through a window of his home. Shishmaref is a barrier island with a population of less than 600 Alaska native Inupiaq people located 30 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The island is threatened by global temperature rises which have disproportionately affected the Arctic. Rising water levels and increased erosion mean that Shishmaref is slowly being absorbed by the surrounding seas and the prognosis is that it will disappear completely over the next two decades.
    A man cooks seal meat and blubber to feed to his kennel of sled dogs. He has about two dozen dogs being trained for sled running. Shishmaref is a barrier island with a population of less than 600 Alaska native Inupiaq people located 30 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The island is threatened by global temperature rises which have disproportionately affected the Arctic. Rising water levels and increased erosion mean that Shishmaref is slowly being absorbed by the surrounding seas and the prognosis is that it will disappear completely over the next two decades.
    A frozen structure in Shishmaref. Shishmaref is a barrier island with a population of less than 600 Alaska native Inupiaq people located 30 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The island is threatened by global temperature rises which have disproportionately affected the Arctic. Rising water levels and increased erosion mean that Shishmaref is slowly being absorbed by the surrounding seas and the prognosis is that it will disappear completely over the next two decades.