Kuukpik leadership and those living in the village remain closely connect to the traditions of their ancestors. The Kuukpikmiut continue the ancient tradition of harvesting bowhead whales each fall. The bowhead, along with other harvested fish, birds, and animals are critical to the food security of its people. Their spiritual connection to the land and sea is what has sustained the Kuukpikmiut since time immemorial. It is also what unifies the North Slope communities as the harvests are shared beyond the villages in which they are harvested. The traditions of Eskimo dancing, Eskimo games, the blanket toss festival, and the spring and fall festivities remain a part of Kuukpikmiut culture today.