An Inupiaq blood Agnes Hailstone’s take on life is like an adventure from movies it’s pleasing to the eyes but hard to follow for most. Coming from a family of subsistent hunters and fishers, she has known this all her life. Agnes is a resident of remote Noorvik, Alaska, and unlike modern days hunters, Agnes makes use of every part of the kill be it in the form of meat, oil, tanning skin, or anything that could be used in the household. This unusual lifestyle of hers is featured in the National Geography show “Life Below Zero.” In this article, we will bring everything to know about Agnes Hailstone.
Who is Agnes Hailstone?
Agnes is an American reality television personality, hunter, fisherwoman, gatherer, tanner, and tribal woman. She represents true Alaskan blood and does not needs a permit to hunt. With the increasing numbers of hunters and declining numbers of resources, the Alaskan government has reserved hunting rights for tribal people like her so that they won’t run out of food.
Agnes Q. Hailstone was born in 1972 in Noorvik, Alaska. She comes from a Northern Alaskan Inupiaq tribe. Agnes got accustomed to hunting and fishing in her early years. She would accompany her family in search of food. While she did most of her learning from her parents we doubt if she actually enrolled in school for formal education. As a rite of passage, she learned to tan animals, use body fats for oil, and animal parts for handicrafts and household materials. The knife she uses includes Ulu; an all-purpose knife that has traditional sentiments in among the Inuit, Yupik.
All her life Agnes has lived by what she knows, living self-sufficient. She never had a clue it would turn into a career opportunity one day. She joined the cast of the documentary show Life Below Zero from the very first day. She made her debut in season episode 1 “End of the Road” on May 19, 2013, and has since been a regular cast member. Agnes made 135 episodes appearance from 2013 to 2021, only poster lady Sue Aikens and narrator James Franzo have made more credits than her.
Life Below Zero season 20 episode 1 premiered on November 15, 2022, and Agnes was retained as the cast member. Over the years the viewers have seen the departure of some cast members; the list includes Kate Rorke, Glenn Villeneuve, and Salitan couple: Eric and Martha Mae. For those wondering about Agnes’s situation, there have been no rumors of her leaving the show and her inclusion in the latest 20th season means she is here to stay. Jessie Holmes & Ricko Dewilde were later added to the show.
Agnes is married to Chip Hailstone who is also her co-star. Chip is originally from Kalispell, Montana, and came to Alaska in his late teens. Like Agnes, Chip is a skilled hunter and complements her lifestyle. The couple first met in Noovrik, however, the information about exactly when is not available. The couple tied the knot around 1992. So far the marriage has been blissful.
This is not the only time Agnes tied the knot. She was previously married to some unidentified man who goes by the surname “Carter.” She has two sons Douglas and Jon Carter from the relationship. Both are hunters, and from time to time they have appeared in the reality show “Life below Zero.” Douglas is married to Gloria Iyatunguk, and together they have five children. Jon is also married with kids.
Kids with Chip Hailstone:
Agnes and Chip have been married for over 20 years and in the years of togetherness as a couple, they have given birth to five daughters. All five children Tinmiaq, Iriqtaq, Mary, Caroline, and Qutan Hailstone despite being born in modern times have learned the rope and are used to their tribal life.
The eldest two daughters Tinmiaq, and Iriqtaq were initially homeschooled and later went to a local school in Noovrik. Iriqtaq graduated from Noovrik High School in 2015. In her final year, she played basketball alongside her sister, Mary who served as a basketball captain in freshman year.
Parents & Siblings:
Agnes is a reflection of what her parents and grandparents and the generation before did. With the declining number of tribal people as many have opted for the modern lifestyle, Agnes can be proud of what she has achieved staying true to her family norms and value. Even the fact she lost her mother and brother to icy water Agnes continued with her tribal way of life. Although we know the Inupiaq tribes people have bigger families and the reason is obvious “more hands for hunting, ” the information on Agnes’ extended family is mostly unknown.
How rich is Agnes Hailstone? Net Worth?
Living in remote Alaska when you are getting food from nature and making clothes out of animals’ hide an obvious deduction would be money does not add much value. However, we can not rule out the fact guns, fishing boats, and other hunting gears cost money. Also, Agnes and her husband Chip have to bear the expenses of raising their children who went on to receive formal education. Where did all the money come from? Initially, Agnes and her husband depended on hunting, fishing, gathering, and tanning as their main source of income. With the rise as reality television actor of Life Below Zero, Agnes and her husband have gone on to make big strides in their financial situation. The pair has a combined net worth of $250,000.
Measurement and personal traits:
Agnes stands at 5 feet tall approximately. She has dark brown eyes and black hair. She has a tattoo on her chin extending all the way to her lips. Don’t get confused with the modern-day arts, the four inked parallel blue lines on her chin are called “Tavlugun” which has traditional significance.
50 years old
Noorvik, Alaska, United States
Likely never attended
Hunter, Tanner, Reality Television Actor
5 feet 0 inches (approx)
Originally published on March 16, 2018 at 8:42 am Universal time.