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Digital Branch of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Oral History Program

Lewis Brower

Lewis Brower

Lewis Brower was born in Barrow, Alaska in 1964 to Emily and Arnold, Brower, Sr. He grew up learning about whaling, hunting and sea ice survival from his father who was a successful whaling captain and hunter. Lewis has applied his traditional knowledge about the sea ice environment to his own whaling and hunting, and as a sea ice expert and guide to help others. He is a volunteer with the North Slope Borough Search and Rescue, and has worked for the Barrow Arctic Science Consortium (BASC) and Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corporation’s (UIC) Science Division to support numerous Arctic sea ice and climate change research projects. Lewis has contributed his observations and knowledge to projects such as the Seasonal Ice Zone Observing Network (SIZONET) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the mapping of sea ice trails near Barrow, and the Semantic Sea Ice Interoperability Initiative (SSIII) at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). He also serves as a member of the advisory committee for the Exchange of Local Observations and Knowledge of the Arctic (ELOKA) group. Lewis is carrying on his father’s tradition of sharing traditional knowledge and teaching Native values.

Lewis Brower appears in the following new Jukebox projects: