Kaktovik Arctic Adventures Welcomes !
Polar Bear Guide Robert Thompson is sought after by photographers, journalists and scientists from around the world for his intimate knowledge of local rivers, plants, land and animals. He lives and guides in Kaktovik which is a community of 300 residents located on Barter Island off the north east coast of Alaska. It is also located within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.In addition to guiding, Robert has spent more than 20 years making his living as a fur trapper near Alaska’s Lake Minchumina. His experience also includes being an activist. He is a vocal defender of the Arctic Refuge and an opponent of oil drilling in the region. His activist efforts are for his own sake as well as for the sake of future generations, which includes his five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. “My people have lived in this Arctic region for thousands of years,” says Thompson, “Our culture is based on hunting activities both on land and in the ocean. Our culture depends on a clean environment”, “For the offshore areas to be exploited for oil is not acceptable to me,” Robert says. “The fact that my people live here is directly related to the marine environment. The central part of our culture is the bowhead whale. An oil spill could mean the end of the whales and our culture.”
Kaktovik is on Barter Island and located within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge