Barrow is a crossroads for residents of the North Slope Borough of Alaska, scientists, and a few tourists and wayward individualists. It holds a significance as a location affected by climate change while also being home to people with a deep appreciation for traditional heritage. The 2015 Nalukataq whaling festivals in Barrow took place during the last few days of June. The hardy Iñupiat emphasize education and the preservation of culture for future generations. As for many people around the world, the future holds opportunity and also uncertainty in the context of changing technology, modes of travel, economics, and physical geographic influences.