Bruce Inglangasak (part 2/2)
“I can tell you, there are a lot of people trying to get their noses in here. But our community, we don’t want that, this is a community-based operation for the community. The people that live here, they are the only ones experienced. You can’t have some bimbo from down south come here with his biggest business and do tourism here, because you are asking for trouble. You could have an accident because you don’t know nothing of this area. Whereas our people here, we know every nook and cranny. We know where to go for our animals at any given time. No outsiders are going to come here—this is our gig, Barter Island [Alaska] gig.
The tours are creating economy for the whole community; the shareholders are getting benefits from it through the hotels. Bone pile tours, anybody with a vehicle can get a license and make money, pay for your gas, pay for your bills, upgrade your home. I want to get out of this little dump here, I will have a new house up on the other end of town next year. I will be starting a bed and breakfast. It took awhile to get where I am, but I got to stick to my guns and do it.”
--Bruce Inglangasak is Inupiaq living in Kaktovik, Alaska.