Iirgu is an elder from the Siberian Yupik Eskimo village of Gambell on St. Lawrence
Island. As two grandchildren listen, Iirgu recounts events in Gambell from the time
the first missionaries arrived. His story is known as an ungipamsuk or true historical narrative. With ambivalent feelings, he describes more recent
changes - how whaling practices have changed, how life has become easier, but also
how younger generations are losing touch with the old ways.