America Reframed

Children Of The Arctic

Season 4, Episode 10 of 26

Children of the Arctic is a year-in-the-life portrait of Native Alaskan teenagers coming of age in Barrow, Alaska - the northern-most community of the United States. For these teenagers growing up has become a little more complicated than it was for their ancestors who originally named this place "Ukpiagvik" ("where we hunt snowy owls"). They are the twenty-first century descendants of a culture that has endured for millennia on this isolated, but rapidly changing tundra. The harvest of the agvik (bowhead whale) remains the heart of their culture - in the fall, motor boats and modern methods are used, whereas, in the spring, whaling crews use the umiaq (a seal-skin boat made by hand) and ancient traditional methods.

Previously Aired

Day
Time
Channel
4/5/2016
6 p.m.
4/5/2016
10 p.m.
4/6/2016
6 a.m.
4/6/2016
noon
4/9/2016
8 p.m.
4/10/2016
4/10/2016
7 a.m.
4/10/2016
3 p.m.
11/22/2016
6 p.m.
11/22/2016
10 p.m.
11/26/2016
8 p.m.
11/27/2016
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