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Magda Biernat

Adrift
Poland   www.magdabiernat.com

Along a 35 km stretch of coastline in northernmost Alaska, on the ancient hunting grounds of Piqniq, the Iñupiat Eskimos have hunted for centuries, but as once massive herds of caribou dwindle and bowhead whales, walrus and seals change their feeding and migration patterns, subsistence hunting has become more difficult. Global warming is threatening the cultural identity of native people. Hunters move to larger towns, leaving cabins, which once provided shelter adrift on the thinning ice and shifting tundra. The hunting cabins of the Inupiat are mirrors of the lone ice mountains in the south, singular polar structures under pressure by a changing ecosystem. As they drift, the city-block-sized icebergs will disappear faster than ever before.
Silent and static witnesses to change.

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