15th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Inupiaq Drums and Dancing
This photo was taken in Barrow (Utqiaġvik), Alaska at Kivgiq, the Messenger Feast, which is held every two years (traditionally after a good whaling season).
Kivgiq is named for the messengers who typically would travel from village to village inviting community members to join the feast. Pounding fabric and skin-drums and singing short songs, traditional dance groups from villages located mostly across the North Slope of Alaska participate.
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||Oct. 14, 2017, 4:18 p.m.