Bowhead Whale Baleen Harp

An Inupiat Eskimo youngster, at Barrow Alaska,  plays the harp on the baleen of a Bowhead Whale.  His father is the Captain of the crew that harvested the whale., which produced perhaps 40,000 pounds of meat that was distributed to everyone in the community.   The Eskimo tradition of sharing brings “political clout” to the person who produces the most.  As an example, the current Mayor of the North Slope Borough is the first non-Whaling Captain mayor!  Mayor Charlotte Brower is of course a Captain’s wife, and as such might just have more clout than any Captain ever had…