"Snowmobiles, or "snow-go," are the a primary source of transportation in Shishmaref, an Inupiat village situated on a narrow barrier island in Alaska. Frozen ice used to form natural barriers that protected Shishmaref's shores from powerful storm surges in autumn. But rising tides now threaten the remainder of an eroded coastline. Residents were so alarmed by the tides that in 2002 they voted overwhelmingly in favor of relocation. Yet few have budged. The photographer @nimataradjiphoto, who went there to photograph how people are coping with climate change, said part of the resistance to moving is that Shishmaref's residents have ancestral and cultural ties to the land. On top of that, funds are still needed for relocation. This #nytweekender, we have been sharing photos from Shishmaref by @nimataradjiphoto. Visit the link in our profile to read more about Alaska's melting ice on the #LensBlog." By nytimes on Instagram.
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