Anchorage Daily News reporter Lisa Demer and multimedia journalist Marc Lester spent a week in April in the St. Lawrence Island communities of Savoonga and Gambell. We’re publishing a series of stories and videos about life on the island, and will be adding more each day.
Thinning sea ice puts walruses nearly out of reach. The federal government may list walruses as an endangered species. And ivory bans elsewhere are making it hard for walrus-tusk carvers to sell their art.
This Yupik dancing doesn’t happen at a special ceremony or festival. It’s not put on by the school. No one wears beaded headdresses or fancy boots or even qaspeqs. It's just part of life on St. Lawrence Island.