I was originally attracted to this artifact by the cute walrus handle. Beyond the cuteness factor, I was taken back by the craftsmanship of the basket. I wondered how many hours went into weaving such a beautiful and intricate piece of art. When I learned the basket was woven out of baleen, I thought, “How cool is that?” Having spent some time in Barrow and seeing how talk of whaling brightens everyone’s spirit, I think about many aspects of how this particular whale brought people together. Just as the baleen is woven together here to create a cohesive object, whaling brings everyone in the community together wherein rich bonds are formed from preparation for the hunt, the hunt itself, harvesting, serving, and artwork.