Nuvuk, The Northernmost
Altered Land, Altered Lives in Barrow, Alaska
For years, tour guide Daniel Lum brought visitors as well as his children out to the remote corners of Barrow, Alaska, one of the northernmost cities in the world, to witness polar bears and walrus on the beaches. Over time, snapping photos for tourists and shooting photographs of his own, he has been witness to the profound environmental changes taking place as his homeland shifts and disappears before his eyes. As arguments over climate change rage in more temperate locales, Nuvuk, the Northernmost is a poignant snapshot of life in a town where these changes are impossible to overlook. Lum’s vivid photographs of wildlife such as whales, polar bears, and birds offer rare close-ups of animals few ever see. In addition, Lum provides vivid descriptions and pictures of daily life in and around Barrow, offering a compelling insider’s introduction to living on the tip of the world. With Lum as a capable guide, Nuvuk, the Northernmost is a chance to see a rare world before it changes forever.
Daniel Lum lives in Barrow, Alaska, and runs tours there with his family, specializing in trips to Nuvuk. He is a descendant of the Iñupiat Eskimos and studies the Iñupiat language.
"An impressive little book that offers an intriguing peak at a place even most Alaskans
will never see."
—Fairbanks Daily News-Miner