Join our mission.


  • To preserve and enhance the marine resource of the bowhead whale, including its habitat.
  • To protect Eskimo subsistence whaling.
  • To protect and enhance Eskimo culture, traditions, and activities associated with bowhead whales and bowhead whaling.
  • To undertake research and educational activities related to bowhead whales.



Oct. 26, 27, and 28, 2020

AEWC Triannual Meeting



The members of Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission are the registered whaling captains and their crew members of the eleven whaling communities of the Arctic Alaska coast: Gambell, Savoonga, Wales, Little Diomede, Kivalina, Point Hope, Point Lay, Wainwright, Barrow, Nuiqsut, and Kaktovik.


The whaling captains of the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission (AEWC) mourn the loss of Jacob Adams, Sr. A visionary, a leader, principal founder of the AEWC and our fellow whaling captain, Jake was a friend, mentor, and revered elder to every member of our whaling community. Read more.

Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission


The harvest of the bowhead is shared throughout each community and celebrated each year through a Nalukataq celebration. Dates for the 2020 Nalukataq celebrations will be listed on the media page.


Stay up-to-date on the latest AEWC news, presentations, and activities pertaining to our mission.

Whaling has been a part of the Alaska Eskimo culture since time immemorial.


Alaskan whaling villages are among the most remote communities in the world. Not connected by the road system, they are reliant on the subsistence hunt of the bowhead whale for their survival.

To safeguard the bowhead whale and its habitat, to defend the Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling Rights of our members, and to preserve the cultural and traditional values of our communities.