July 12, 2012 Field Trip and More Research(ers, that is)
The Inupait Hertiage Center was a chance to learn about the local area and the Inupait Eskimos that live here. The Center is best know for its whaling exhibit. The most interesting thing for me about the whaling ritual is how the Inupait people honor the whale; such as praying before the hunt, the entire crew remaining silent until the whale completely expires, and returning its head to the sea so its spirit can communicate to other whales.
Two Researchers Are Better Than One
Earlier this week, we were joined by Kim Miller - a second researcher - who hails from San Diego State University. Kim is doing her own research that complements Elliot's research. Today we deployed her 48 soil chambers. So yes, there was more wheelbarrow action, but I think I'm getting the hang of it because I didn't tip over the wheelbarrow at all! We ended up staying in the field until 9:15PM, which was no problem with 24 hour sunlight!