Tikigaq in Point Hope, Alaska

April 15, 2008 at 9:08 pm | Posted in Alaska | Leave a comment
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Two hundred miles north of the Arctic Circle lies the Far North Iñupiaq village of Point Hope, or Tikigaq as the Iñupiaq people call it, located near the tip of the Point Hope Promontory, a large gravel spit projecting several miles into the Chukchi Sea.

The finger-like peninsula that forms the western-most extension of the northwest Alaska coast between Cape Thompson and Cape Beaufort is known to local residents as Tikigaq (Tikeraq), the Inupiat word for index finger.

Tikigaq Corporation (Tikigaq) of Point Hope, Alaska, is an Alaska Native Village Corporation, which was established in 1971 under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA).


The corporation has approximately 1,000 Inupiaq shareholders. Most of these shareholders are in Point Hope and are also shareholders of Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC). Tikigaq has proven arctic construction capabilities, rural and urban environmental expertise, logistics services experience, and supports local hire throughout various projects. Their resources include staff engineers, scientists, project managers, superintendents, office managers, purchasing agents, quality control personnel and safety specialists.

Tikigaq has offices and yards in Virginia Beach, Virginia; and Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Point Hope, Alaska. Tikigaq’s subsidiaries are 8(a) certified through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and are registered Small Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) with the State of Alaska.

Tikigaq provides the following services:

  • Construction Services (Design/Build, Commercial, and Residential)
  • Information Technology/Remote Support
  • Logistics Services
  • Transportation Services
  • Utility Infrastructure, Operation, and Development
  • Fuels Distribution
  • Retail Services
  • Accounting Services
  • Environmental Services
  • Operation and Maintenance of Project Recovery and Treatment Systems
  • Demolition
  • Waste Handling and Disposal
  • Long-term Monitoring
  • UXO Removal and Disposal

I have not got time to read everything in their site, but it looks like a quite interesting project specially concerning self-sufficiency and local control of the natural resources, two main topics when talking about the survival of indigenous communities. I will keep searching for similar projects running on other northern places.

Electric ideas

March 6, 2008 at 8:10 pm | Posted in Chatting | Leave a comment
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It was Thursday the 12th of February at 11AM and the buses where on strike. As an absent-minded person, I didn’t know it, so I wait for my bus more than 20 minutes reading a magazine near the bus stop, until the two chatting ladies that waited besides me made me understand what was happening. But such a long wait, surprisingly, wasn’t unproductive. Seconds later, walking along Balmes street, something awoke my brain, and an electric current ran down my spine; an idea. An special idea, a very special one. The kind of idea that only occurs once or twice a year, if you’re lucky.

With an idea like that my head was about to explode, so after bugging my workmate i quickly opened Twitter and started explaining it. After a bit of surprise and some kidding, somebody came with the idea of writing a blog about it.

Usually the ideas don’t have date and time, at least mines. And this one, that has almost no concrete shape, has it, and that makes it even more special. Right now is just a sort of sum:

But this is a pretty trashy travel planning. There’s missing information everywhere: which communities? which languages do they speak? where do they live? which culture do they have? how they survive in a world that doesn’t understand them? what would they like to say to us, if they’re given the chance? what could they teach to us? I don’t know how to answer all those questions; organizing the trip, traveling. But this blog will be the place where I’ll collect, organize everything. And, above all sharing it, if you want it.

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