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.
An impressive little book that offers an intriguing peak at a place even most Alaskans will never see.
—Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Daniel Lum lives in Barrow, Alaska, and runs tours there with his family, specializing in trips to Nuvuk. He is a descendant of the Ińupiat Eskimos and
studies the Ińupiat language.