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Shishmaref - A Native American Struggle

Alaska, United States

by Nima Taradji

Published November 2023

Shishmaref, Alaska is a remote village of about 600 people located 30 miles south of the Arctic Circle, flanked by the Chukchi Sea to the north and an inlet to the south, and sits atop rapidly melting permafrost. The melting permafrost coupled with the rising of the sea levels due to melting glaciers has resulted in an accelerated sinking of this isolated island. The native Iñupiat that have inhabited this island for many generations need to find a new location and the funds for the necessary relocation. Both of which, as of now, are not secured.


Nima Taradji


Nima Taradji is an Iranian-American editorial and documentary photographer focusing on cultural, social and political themes. His aim is to photograph people and create stories that witness the multiplicity of human experience. His photographs have appeared in various national and international publications such as The Washington Post, The New York Times - Lens, CNN, CBS Chicago, ABC News, and Time. He is a proud member and co-founder of Argo Collective.

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