Barrow is the focal point of a large Eskimo settlement, the 88,000-square mile North Slope Borough. It's located near the northernmost point in Alaska--and North America--on the shores of the Arctic Ocean.
Whales are a large part of the Barrow way of life. Bowhead, gray, killer and beluga whales migrate near Barrow every summer. Continuing an ancient Inupiat tradition, an annual bowhead whale hunt and festival is held every spring.