Caribou Hunt—Charlie Swaney and Jimmy John | Gwich’in and the Caribou | 2007 | 18 in. x 24 in.

January 2007, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, near Arctic Village, Alaska. The Gwich’in people of Alaska and the northern Yukon and Northwest Territories in Canada, live on or near the migratory route of the Porcupine River caribou herd. These communities have relied upon the caribou for many millennia to meet their nutritional as well as cultural and spiritual needs. The Gwich’in call themselves “the caribou people.” To open up the caribou calving ground to oil development is a human rights issue for the Gwich’in Nation.