Learn about Living with the Inupiat March 25

Bonnie Lipan wearing winter clothing poses in front of a beached whale on the icy shore near Barrow, Alaska

MCC Instructor Bonnie Lipan, who taught college and lived in Barrow, Alaska – the northernmost city in the United States – will share her unique personal insights into the region’s native people and culture on Wednesday evening, March 25.

Her presentation, “Life at the Top of the World: Living with the Inupiat (Eskimos),” is free and open to the public. The talk begins at 7 p.m. in the Blue and Gold Room. Appetizers will be served at 6:30 p.m.

The Inupiat were first exposed to white men in the late 1850s as a result of whaling ships venturing into arctic waters after depleting the whale population in the Atlantic Ocean. Hear how the Inupiat lived then and now and how these people have dealt with an extraordinary amount of change over a very short period of time. Hear what their culture has lost and gained as a result of the U S Government’s efforts to assimilate the Inupiat Tribe into modern American culture.