Point Lay celebrates first whale in 72 years

Anchorage Daily News – The Arctic coast village of Point Lay, long denied a subsistence whaling quota and once all but abandoned, is poised to hold its first Nalukataq blanket toss feast in 72 years to celebrate the landing of a spring bowhead. Julius Rexford, the whaling captain whose crew brought home the bowhead on May 5, said he is dedicating the festival to Dorcas Neakok, a revered elder who died last year at 86. Her oral histories, teaching and grit played a large role in the revival of Point Lay and its resumption of whaling.

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