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.


Join our mission.

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.


The harvest of the bowhead is shared throughout each community and celebrated each year through a Nalukataq celebration. Dates for the 2021 Nalukataq celebrations will be listed on the media page.


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  • 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.



July 19, 20, and 21, 2021

AEWC Triannual Meeting

Fairbanks, Alaska


The AEWC's Weapons Improvement Program (WIP) is critical to improving the reliability and safety of the harvest and increasing the efficiency of the harvest by landing a higher percentage of struck whales. 

The WIP Committee has developed a training program for whaling captains and crews on the proper and safe use of weapons utilized for the harvest. This spring, Arnold Brower, Jr. and Billy Adams conducted village training in Utqiagvik, Wainwright, Point Hope, and Nuiqsut.


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.

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

Weapons Improvement Program: Village Training

Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission