Fred Weyiouanna - 32 years old with his two sons Isaak (4 years old) and Tyson (2 years old). Fred is a lifelong resident of Shishmaref, Alaska. He hunts to supply meat for his family as well as two other family members' households.
This week, @nimataradjiphoto
continues to share visuals from his project on the impact of #climatechange
on the remote village of #Shishmaref, #Alaska
Shishmaref is home to around 600 people, and is located 30 miles south of the #ArcticCircle
. Flanked by the Chukchi Sea to the north and an inlet to the south, and it sits atop rapidly melting permafrost. In the last decades, the island's shores have been eroding into the sea, falling off in giant chunks whenever a big storm hits.
and then again in #2016,
the City voted to relocate. However, 14 years later, there appears to be very little movement in that direction. In fact, the City Council elected in 2008 has largely ignored the previous plans for relocation and there is no indication that any new plan has been proposed or is in the works. Even if there was a plan for relocation, it is unclear where the funds necessary for such a relocation, which has been estimated to be around $100 Million, will come from. The Federal Government has no program or funds allocated for this project.
So for now, this traditionally #InupiaqEskimo
village where residents rely heavily on a subsistence lifestyle, #hunting
and gathering their food, has adopted a sort of wait and see attitude towards their uncertain future. At stake is the existence of this unique native culture, which is comprised of Alaska Native Inupiaq people going back many generations. It likely will disappear should the city not be relocated as a unit and the residents end up scattered around in the mainland of Alaska.
Photo: @nimataradjiphoto/ @polarisimages/ @gasp_streetandstories