Chip and Agnes Hailstone
Chip Hailstone, 43, and his native Inupiaq wife Agnes, 41, live with their seven children on the Kobuk River in the North West of Alaska. Chip came to visit Alaska 25 years ago from Kalispell, Montana and he never left. He did not plan to stay, but the opportunity to hunt appealed to Chip.
Chip could easily relate to this lifestyle because he grew up hunting and fishing. Chip is a skilled hunter and uses his antique rifle, a 12-gauge, .22, bow and arrow, and even rocks or his bare hands to make a kill. Chip calls guns his tools and hunting his way of life. The material he needs to make a living is in his surrounding environment.
For the past 20 years Chip has been hunting, fishing, and gathering raw material. Chip’s motto is, live for the day but plan for tomorrow. He goes into each day with his eyes wide open. Death is a large part of his life, but Chip says he is not afraid. Worrying is the first step to protecting himself. Everyday Chip takes a calculated risk. Part of living off the land is being ready, going with nature’s flow, weather, and available materials.
Chip’s family moves seasonally to track down the best hunt, setting up tents in the snow or on the ice, and each of them plays an active role in keeping the family alive: hunting, fishing, skinning, tanning, and crafting the animal remains to trade and barter. They hunt bear, caribou, bison, wolf, fox, wolverine, walrus, fish, waterfowl, even whale and seal. They use the entire animal that they harvest including skin, teeth and bones to make arts and crafts to sell. Chip is happy to have stumbled his way into this world. He first came as an outsider. Now, this is Chip’s home.
first met chip in 91 and agnes shortly after. they are perfect to rep thier village and way of life. we enjoy all the rest as well
Love this show. My wife and I watch it together We really enjoy watching the Hailstones work together and watching the others Sue, and the rest of the cast
how can we send email right to chip and agnes, they are one of the best on here would love to email and just talk and find out how to send them thing
I really enjoy this segment of the program.....it has shown a different type of family life that I really do not understand. However, that is just another educational aspect of this series. There have been comments below about Agnes and Chip, but as some have said Agnes is better and I think that's why she does most of the hunting, etc. Chip admitted she is better, and Agnes stated because Chip is not native, he cannot participate in certain activities. Every way of life is different, and until we have "lived in their shoes" maybe wen just need to sit back and watch and learn! Personally I don't understand with such a low standard of living they have seven (7) children! BUT, you don't hear them complaining or griping about the" system" the way you do in our "civilized" areas! Go Agnes and Chip!
great show , was raised on a farm all my life,we hunted, fiish and trapped,woundering chip how can I get the fur trapper hat with the tail on it like agness hat? take care of the family
I love Life Below Zero, but Chip Hailstone is the biggest lump of coal in Alaska. He willingly says that Agnes and the children will use the furs and other items to make items, but then he talks about using HIS money on items that can't be bartered. Without Agnes he would be dead. But then he might realize that his lips only flap and do nothing to provide for his family. Agnes be careful your girls are learning to take care of a man and they may wind up marrying a slug/leech like Chip.
I want to ask Agnes how could I get one of knives that she uses to skin and cut fish into stripes, its the one with the curved blade with wooden handle, l could really use one when I hunt and fish.Thank you
I say the hell with all these comment about Agnes being the bread winner ,etc. I guess they all don't realize that you two are one you two are family not separate entities coexisting , but like is said one
love the show , you two are a very good team wish I was 30yrs younger , would give serious thought to coming and meeting you and yours and seeing if the lifestyle suited me as well , but alas I am old now dreams gone by but I get to live it surreal through the show
I think Agnes is an awesome woman and mother. I am a mississippi river rat & love being next to the water. I think it is awesome how she can still teach her children how to survive off of the land. The small river town i grew up in is now a tourist town...nice for the economy...but not so nice for nature and her glory. Continue your legacy Agnes, you are an awesome woman, great mother & teacher!!!
I find this a wonderful snapshot (though limited in full scope) inside a family of modern Athabaskan peoples. I am a little taken back by some of the obtuse and nescient comments some here have made, that obviously know nothing about subsistence living, or First Nations cultures-modern or past.
I have a question for Chip. Aren't you ashamed that in your family the bread winner or the one that wears the pants is your wife? Aside from freeloading on everything that your wife hunts, fishes, etc...what do you do? I have seen all the episodes of this show and I've never seen you do or contribute to the survival of your family in any meaningful way. If exploiting your wife is not enough you also do the same to your daughters. Man you have no shame!!!
Chip WHO? His wife Agnes does all of the hunting and a lot of the fishing. On the show he has never even picked up a gun. He said that his wife is a better shot, but that is contradicted by the the glowing description above of his hunting skills. Makes me wonder if he is a convicted felon and not allowed to fire weapons. On the show he talks about what a "good provider" he is and that's why the native community welcomes him. Really? It looks like his native wife provides everything.
I am so facinated with the way they raise their girls- so vastly different from US life! The fact that they received traps etc for their Birthday says it all. Very cool family-
Watching Agnes take a caribou with a wartime Moison Nagant rifle at that distance was awesome. I know people who couldn't make that shot with a modern scoped rifle..good shooting girl..
Agnes you are such a strong role model for your girls. I love this program. One of the shows really bothered me, Agnes looked like she had been roughed up , cut on her nose bruises on her face, I hope everything is ok. She amazes me at how many things she is skilled at but i wonder why her husband is ok with his wife doing alot of the work. I
Not to sound like a psychotic murder or harbinger of ill will ,but please kill off Sue. She is a paranoid person as well as a whiner! I`m not an expert by any stretch of the imagination, but I feel fairly confident in saying that not everything a person encounters in the region depicted in Life Below Zero is going to kill or maim Sue. I may be alone in the feeling that she is obnoxious and that the Arctic region would be essentially the same without her presence.
Most children outside Alaskan cities have and can use guns. They learn young and many are good hunters. The AR 15 is a favored rifle here for hunting, as it shoots 3 round bursts. Many families have guns of all kinds and can use them all, handguns to AK 47's. Many months of the year I need a 44 handgun to go to the outhouse, Mr. Bear isn't always friendly. Most people do not understand bush Alaska conditions. Child and AK 47's a little extreme, but Alaska is a gun culture. You can go into the Walmart and see people with a 9mm on their belt in open sight. Also, loaded guns are permitted in vehicles as long as when stopped by police, you immediately inform the officer that you are in possession.
There is something not right about this family. Can't put my finger on it, but I don't believe things are what they seem. The show is entertaining, but some of the comments the Hailstones make when they kill animals shows that they don't have the respect for the animals that the show tries to portray. And for people that live off the land, they have enough money to buy boats, snow mobiles and lots and lots of guns. It was especially disturbing to hear Chip talk about how his very young daughter had an AK47. Enough said...they just creep me out.
I love the show, The Hailstones don't get the credit they deserve. Chip and Agnes are raising and teaching their children how to live off the land. I know I seen a post about this earlier, where can we send care packages? Thanks for sharing your world with us, we LOVE your show.
Your family is such an inspiration! I love Chip's reverence for the Inupiaq way of life, their traditions and the obvious love and bond with his wife and family. Our family looks forward to watching you do things "the right way" every week! Beautiful family!
@THE HAILSTONES ARE AN AWESOME FAMILY AND AGNES SEEMS TO KICK BUTT.I WOULD LOVE TO FIND AN ADDRESS TO SEND A COUPLE CARE PACKAGES TO THEM AND ALL THOSE KIDS ESP THIS TIME OF YEAR.LOVE THIS SHOW
@Marty White they sell them thru Alaska they are called Ulu's You should be able to find them online.
Jorge Di Salvo I like Chip.. I think its refreshing to see the wife do the hunting,fishing and teaching...Let me guess Jorge, you prefer a woman to be barefoot, pregnant and in the kitchen. By your name I know youre obviously Hispanic and culturally hispanics like their wife to cook clean and iron clothes. I live in Phoenix and see this all the time, even with the young generations, its sickening. Chips a Montana boy and I guarantee you he could feed and take care of his family ten times better than you.
@Jorge Di Salvo I don't think you have seen all the episodes; that or you have a bad or selective memory? I have watched him shoot, fish and hunt; he's not as good at it as his wife so i'm sure that's why she does most of the hunting. You need to remember he is not a native and can only assist his family with many of the activities they show on TV.
@Shirley Cabral They've said that they do everything according to Inupiaq tradition, and when it comes to butchering, everything done outside is the man's job and everything done inside is the woman's, so that's why she's always the one sitting on cardboard. As for her getting cuts and bruises, she may have had a run-in with a tree branch, that kind of thing. Hope so, anyway.
@Steven Stiles Hey, Me too;
@Dan Finlay I have to agree but the wife and I always get a good laugh when she speaks her wise words of Life and Death; example: "That chipmunk and me know the odds of dying while playing under a glacier and as long as I don't eat the chipmunk and he don't eat me, we will take our chances; LOL.
@Dan Finlay I enjoy Sue and her determination. I think her attitude about being eaten etc, is just her way of saying she is cautious when she goes out... she has to be. But hey, we are all allowed our opinions right? My best.
@Bob Booey Noorvik is a town of 700, certainly big enough to have a K-12 school. They have mentioned that the kids do go to school.
I have wondered this as well. I am amazed that the producers of the show have not addressed this. Many of us are curious .
@Annonymous Person Agnes is allowed to hunt and to look for fossils on native land and Chip is not. Agnes is great, unlike many Alaskan Natives she is very focused on her traditions and family and not on alcohol, which is a big problem in the bush villages. Any Alaskan village that has at least 10 registered students has an open school. Many Alaskan children are homeschooled as they live a distance from the schools. The state runs several programs but in the village there should be a school. R
@Rae Noel Ummm, no. Legality of having select-fire weapons aside, a three round burst is not useful for hunting, nor is it available on AR-15s. Those would be M-16s, the military version of the rifle. AR-15s are semi-automatic only.
Please don't spread misinformation like this, its hard enough to get the anti-gunners to look at the truth without stuff like this out there.
@Dee Jordan i agree with you! It is disturbing to me that they kill seals for their fuel source. They can't be more resourceful? They made a choice to live the way they do the seals do not!!! I say shame on you!
They are making a living most people that work are rewarded with boats, snow mobiles and guns. People that do not work live of the systems.
@JoAnn Smith Andy is just mean and nasty to Kate. It's disturbing.
@Sharon White Noorvik probably has a Post Office. even the small villages do. Just call the post office and get the zip code.