A film by Leonard Kamerling, Sarah Elder,
Language: Siberian Yup’ik,
Elder Lloyd Oovie, from the village of Gambell, St. Lawrence Island, recounts the mysteries of sea ice, “Long ago, people were drifted by the pack ice. It took them far away and they were never seen again. Nothing is too big for the ice to move. When seen for the first time, it is a mysterious thing to watch”. A cluster of men stands on a rooftop scanning the sea. A walrus hunting party is in distress far out on the ice. The weather is bad and they are being drifted towards Siberia. Long ago, there was nothing that could have been done to save them. Now they have options. The men discuss the situation and finally decide to call the Coast Guard. A rescue helicopter is dispatched from Kodiak, 650 miles away. The next day, the men prepare for another walrus hunt. They travel through leads in the pack ice where they spot two walrus sunning themselves on the ice. Back in the village, the meat is cut, distributed, and hung to dry.