Steve Oomittuk was born in 1962 to Othneil and Georgianne Oomittuk in Point Hope (Tikiġaq), Alaska. He was partially raised by his grandparents during a time when they did not have running water or electricity, and grew up in both Point Hope and Utqiaġvik (formerly known as Barrow). Steve started going out onto the shorefast sea ice as a young boy when learning about seal hunting and whaling, and has continued to be a hunter and a whaler his entire life. Steve is a strong culture-bearer of Inupiaq traditions who has immersed himself in knowledge of traditional practices and stories of the elders, and is constantly working to pass on this knowledge to future generations. Steve is also an accomplished artist and carver.