Kiliii Yuyan@kiliiiyuyan

Indigenous Nanai & Chinese-American photographer. @NatGeo Contributor. Work on indigenous and conservation issues in the Arctic and remote wilderness.

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Kiliii Yuyan

A bright spot in an overcast sky over the Beaufort Sea is a clue. The clouds there appear brighter because a large patch of sea ice is beneath, reflecting the light of the sun. This same phenomenon is one of the reasons losing sea ice is a downward spiral— the ice, being white reflects an enormous amount of the sun’s rays back through the atmosphere instead of absorbing them. As the sea ice goes, the oceans warm, and so does our planet. Follow me, @kiliiiyuyan, for more from the Arctic and beyond. #seaice #arctic #alaska #climatechange


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A snow-covered basketball court in the Yup’ik village of Gambell, Alaska. Basketball is a major sport for indigenous peoples of North America, even on the sparsely populated and remote island of Saint Lawrence, in the middle of the Bering Sea. Follow me, @kiliiiyuyan, for more images of the Arctic and beyond. #arctic #alaska #basketball #winter #snow #indigenous


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One of the greatest honors and privileges of my life— to speak at @natgeo and @insidenatgeo about Iñuit and indigenous issues. // photo by @sassbridge #natgeostorysummit


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Renowned NW Coast Artist Roy Vickers wears his chieftain regalia. Roy has been carving a replica of a famous totem pole stolen from his community’s lands in the 19th century. The totem, which has a distinctive 11-foot-long beak, depicts not a raven but a mythical bird known as a hok hok, a fearsome creature that crushes human skulls. Lately Roy has taken to calling it the Hosumdas Totem—hosumdas being a term used to denote the head chieftain of B.C.’s Oweekeno people. Shot on assignment for @outsidemagazine. #royvickers #nwcoast #indigenousart


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Renowned NW Coast Artist Roy Vickers wears his chieftain regalia. Roy has been carving a replica of a famous totem pole stolen from his community’s lands in the 19th century. The totem, which has a distinctive 11-foot-long beak, depicts not a raven but a mythical bird known as a hok hok, a fearsome creature that crushes human skulls. Lately Roy has taken to calling it the Hosumdas Totem—hosumdas being a term used to denote the head chieftain of B.C.’s Oweekeno people. Shot on assignment for @outsidemagazine. #royvickers #nwcoast #indigenousart


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Happy 2018 Everybody! It has been an amazing year because of the wonderful people I’ve met and all those who are always in my life. Banyalan (thanks) to you all! #bestnine


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A young polar bear stares wistfully at the spoils of Iñupiaq subsistence whalers. The hunt every spring provides a reliable source of food for the polar bears coming out of winter, and the Iñupiat are happy to allow the bears to eat if they maintain a respectful distance from people. #polarbear #arctic #wildlife


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A set of caribou antlers demarcates the corner of a bushplane airstrip in the Arctic Refuge. The scarcity of manmade objects here is a testament to the unchanged nature of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge even in the modern era.

This is a series called #ArcticRefuge, about the continuing battle over oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. In 2017, the Trump Administration opened the refuge to oil interests through the Tax Bill. Despite this setback, the indigenous Gwich'in who have lived here for millennia continue their 30 year struggle to protect the caribou calving grounds, and, by extension, their way of life in the Arctic. Shot on assignment for @sierramagazine.
#arctic #ANWR #arcticnationalwildliferefuge #alaska #gwichin #caribou


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Thawing sea ice has formed meltwater pools off of Kaktovik, Alaska, in July. Cracks in the thick ice below are also visible.

This is a series called #ArcticRefuge, about the continuing battle over oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. In 2017, the Trump Administration opened the refuge to oil interests through the Tax Bill. Despite this setback, the indigenous Gwich'in who have lived here for millennia continue their 30 year struggle to protect the caribou calving grounds, and, by extension, their way of life in the Arctic. Shot on assignment for @sierramagazine.
#arctic #ANWR #arcticnationalwildliferefuge #alaska #gwichin #caribou


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Rafters make their way down towards the Arctic Ocean along the Hulahula River in the region of ANWR's coastal plain.

This is a series called #ArcticRefuge, about the continuing battle over oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. In 2017, the Trump Administration opened the refuge to oil interests through the Tax Bill. Despite this setback, the indigenous Gwich'in who have lived here for millennia continue their 30 year struggle to protect the caribou calving grounds, and, by extension, their way of life in the Arctic. Shot on assignment for @sierramagazine.
#arctic #ANWR #arcticnationalwildliferefuge #alaska #gwichin #caribou


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A packraft expeditioner pulls off the Hulahula River at a bend to setup camp. Though the landscape is open, distances are easily underestimated in this enormous region.

This is a series called #ArcticRefuge, about the continuing battle over oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. In 2017, the Trump Administration opened the refuge to oil interests through the Tax Bill. Despite this setback, the indigenous Gwich'in who have lived here for millennia continue their 30 year struggle to protect the caribou calving grounds, and, by extension, their way of life in the Arctic. Shot on assignment for @sierramagazine.
#arctic #ANWR #arcticnationalwildliferefuge #alaska #gwichin #caribou


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A wobbly-kneed young caribou, separated from its herd, tries to locate its group as they attempt a river crossing.

This is a series called #ArcticRefuge, about the continuing battle over oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. In 2017, the Trump Administration opened the refuge to oil interests through the Tax Bill. Despite this setback, the indigenous Gwich'in who have lived here for millennia continue their 30 year struggle to protect the caribou calving grounds, and, by extension, their way of life in the Arctic. Shot on assignment for @sierramagazine.
#arctic #ANWR #arcticnationalwildliferefuge #alaska #gwichin #caribou


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