Point Hope, Alaska: Life on Frozen Water

Berit Arnestad Foote, Igor Krupnik and Joe Foote ’54. University of Alaska Press. August 2009. 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 1959-62. In Berit Foote’s days in Point Hope 50 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 provides powerful documentation of how profoundly the entire fabric of a community’s life and culture is affected by the ice that surrounds it.