The polar bear is a special animal for the locals, and polar bears are considered to be relatives. The Kaktovik honor the bears by giving the remains of the whale to them and they watch the bears enjoy their meal from a safe distance. Around the time of the whale catch, polar bears gather one mile away from the town. They are solitary for most of the year, but gather together for the feast the Kaktovik provide.
Kaktovik is a village at the edge of the world and their traditions are essential for them. Citizens of Kaktovik are convinced that when they catch a whale there is a spiritual connection that links them to the whale.