• Savoonga, walrus, sea ice, St. Lawrence Island

    Felix Wongittilin holds a walrus heart in the entry to his Savoonga home on April 19, 2017. Walrus meat, blubber and heart are all foods that many in the village rely on.

  • Gambell, St. Lawrence Island

    Blowing snow collects on the carcass of a bowhead whale hunt in Gambell, one of two villages on St. Lawrence Island, on April 25, 2017.

  • Savoonga, walrus, sea ice, St. Lawrence Island

    Six-year-old Winter Pelowook holds up walrus ivory from a walrus hunted by her father, Carl Pelowook Jr. at their Savoonga home on April 22, 2017. Carl’s mother Jean Pelowook is at left and father, Carl Pelowook Sr. is at right.

  • Savoonga, walrus, sea ice, St. Lawrence Island

    Waves break near the shore in Savoonga on April 24, 2017.

  • Dinner with Apassingok family, subsistence, whale, walrus, food, Gambell, St. Lawrence Island

    Members of the Apassingok family reach for food from a shared platter of subsistence foods on April 25, 2017. Merle Apassingok said the platter was a wedding gift and is older than all his kids. The meal included bowhead whale, walrus, fish, clams, and tunicates.

  • Savoonga, walrus, sea ice, St. Lawrence Island

    Wagner Mokiyuk, left, and Kermit Kingeekukin take target practice at chunks of ice near the Savoonga shoreline on April 20, 2017.

  • Savoonga, dancing, drumming, Eskimo dance, Siberian Yupik

    Larry Kava dances with his wife, Theresa, near the close of the weekly dance gathering in Savoonga’s city building. “It’s our tradition,” Larry Kava said. “We don’t want to forget it.”

  • Savoonga, walrus, sea ice, St. Lawrence Island

    Walrus ivory and skulls are stored in the snow outside a Savoonga home on April 19, 2017. The animals are normally butchered on the sea ice after they are hunted. Boats usually return with just food and ivory.

  • Savoonga, walrus, sea ice, St. Lawrence Island

    Walrus ivory and carving tools rest a blanket of ivory dust in Felix Wongittilin’s carving workspace in his on April 19, 2017.

  • Savoonga, walrus, sea ice, St. Lawrence Island

    Dean Kulowiyi holds a piece of his artwork he was selling in Savoonga on April 19, 2017. Kulowiyi, like many residents of the St. Lawrence Island village, carves ivory and bone.

  • Savoonga, walrus, sea ice, St. Lawrence Island

    Roy Waghiyi boils walrus meat and fat for a meal in Savoonga on April 20, 2017. This walrus was hunted by his brother, he said.

  • Savoonga, St. Lawrence Island

    Seal leather is stretched and dried in Savoonga on April 20, 2017.

  • Gambell, St. Lawrence Island

    Baleen fibers are partially covered in snow in Gambell on April 25, 2017.

  • Savoonga, walrus, sea ice, St. Lawrence Island

    Men push a boat to higher ground on the Savoonga coastline as rough seas were expected on April 19, 2017.

  • Savoonga, walrus, sea ice, St. Lawrence Island

    Lucas Penayah, 7, makes juice in Harriet Penayah’s home in Savoonga on April 22, 2017.

  • St. Lawrence Island

    A pedestrian walks into the wind in Gambell on April 25, 2017. Gambell is one of two villages on St. Lawrence Island, located in the Bering Sea between the Alaskan and Russian mainlands. The island, which is about 100 miles long and 40 miles wide, is entirely privately owned by the villages, and visitor accommodations are few. This essay examines this unique, remote corner of the United States, and the culture and traditions of the people that live there.

  • Gambell, St. Lawrence Island

    The village of Gambell is on the western end of St. Lawrence Island, only 36 miles from the Russian mainland and 17 miles from the International Date Line. It is served by daily air service from Nome, Alaska, weather permitting.