Barrow Whale Bone Arch

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In the northernmost city in Alaska and the U.S. a slim, simple arch made from two giant curving whale bones stands. It is a physical gateway to the Arctic Ocean known for providing the Inupiat people with life-sustaining whales. It symbolizes an era of whaling that is now prohibited by law although the indigenous people are allowed to hunt 24 whales per year. No one is really sure where the arch came from or when it was built but it is believed that it was constructed in the late 19th century.