The Northern Bering Sea: Our Way of Life, Now Available

The book cover for The Northern Bering Sea: Our Way of Life

The Exchange for Local Observations and Knowledge of the Arctic project at the National Snow and Ice Data Center is pleased to announce the release of a website focused on the cultural and ecological significance of the northern Bering Sea.

The Northern Bering Sea: Our Way of Life highlights large hunting and fishing areas, overlayed with the distribution of key species.  It illustrates that the whole northern Bering Sea is the storehouse that supports the way of life for Indigenous peoples of the region. The Northern Bering Sea: Our Way of Life is a project of the Bering Sea Elders Group, with support from Alaska Marine Conservation Council. Initially produced in print and as an electronic PDF file, NSIDC and ELOKA staff designed a website archiving the content and preserving it in an interactive way online. View the site at

Watch, Listen & Read – New Software Player for Inuit Videos

Have you ever wondered about how narwhal tastes different from beluga? Now you can learn about this and more through interviews with Inuit hunters. And you don’t even have to know Inuktitut. With a new feature released by the  Exchange for Local Observations and Knowledge for the Arctic (ELOKA) team, the English translations of many interviews with Inuit elders and hunters are integrated alongside the video presentation. These interviews highlight the research conducted by the Narwhal Tusk Research Project in Baffin Bay.

To see the data set and its collection of interviews regarding narwhal behavior, migration, tusk differences and more, visit the ELOKA Web site at


Above: Screenshot of the ELOKA web site playing an interview with hunter Cornelius  Nutarak.

New and improved ELOKA Web site

The Exchange for Local Observations and Knowledge of the Arctic (ELOKA) Web site, hosted by NSIDC, has been reformatted and updated for easier navigation. The home page now has a rolling image gallery as well as featured interviews with elders, featured data and background imagery of Arctic landscapes.  Check it out at

image of eloka web site

ELOKA facilitates the collection, preservation, exchange, and use of local observations and knowledge of the Arctic. ELOKA provides data management and user support, and fosters collaboration between resident Arctic experts and visiting researchers.

Learn more about ELOKA at