Joel de Jesus, Point hope
Joel de Jesus, 29, grew up in Point Hope, Alaska, a whaling village 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle and the oldest continuously settled Native American site on the continent. For over 2,000 years the Inupiat people of Point Hope have hunted whales for subsistence - a traditional way of living off the land. But subsistence is about more than just food, it's about culture and community. Joel left Point Hope when he was in sixth grade, and didn't return until this past June. Here, he talks about what it was like to go back home for Qagruq, the annual three day-long whaling feast, after being away for nearly fifteen years.