For 5,000 years, native people have hunted and fished the shores of the Chukchi Sea, deep inside the Arctic Circle. Trapped in the layered beach ridges, anthropologists have discovered evidence of human life that pre-dates the pyramids. Today, this remote stretch of land is home to the Inupiat, who still hunt seal for food, oil, and hides. The national monument encompasses 70 miles of the shifting Chukchi shoreline. Experienced backcountry visitors can hike the wild beaches, watch waterfowl and wildlife, fish, and sea kayak.


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