One of the most rewarding acts I can accomplish in my life is passing down the traditional knowledge of my subsistence culture to my sons. Gathering sustenance from the land is a simple act of love anyone can give to their children.
Adventures of mommy and Duke
Duke enjoying the berries we picked today!
Find a berry
Pick it up
In my belly
I eat them up
A berry for my bucket
A berry for mom
We enjoy every moment
Of our berry song
I checked on the cloudberries today. Some were ripe and some were not. I know from experience, no matter how hot it is outside, to wear carhartts. The horseflies are vicious and relentless. The berries are packed with a high content of vitamin C. One cup is equivalent to approximately 7 oranges. The seeds take seven years to germinate and rightly so because these berries are a super food. One of my many goals in life are to bring these to a local market, possibly further. As I delve into God’s bounty this 2019 berry season I am extremely thankful for the knowledge and desire to practice the Inupiaq lifestyle. Blessings from Alaska!
Alaskan class project 2019
I drew the house and did the water color backdrop/print.
This year’s theme for our Tribal Celebration was “honoring our women!” Our community of men were able to sign their names to protect our women. The event started the same as last year with an opening prayer in traditional language. The scene was filled with our elders and all age groups. A family friendly gathering with a rock wall, bounce area, chalk art, bubbles and vendors with crafts along with informative health booths. There was door prizes with bikes, gift baskets and work from the vendors including a signed copy of my children’s book. Dancing and drumming, singing and great food throughout the event. I enjoyed the older ladies giving me compliments on my work and in turn making me smile! I won a $15 fandango gift card for winning my age group hula hoop contest. Our elders were served first for the potluck consisting of halibut, salmon, cheeseburgers, hotdogs, moose soup and rice. Knik and Chickaloon tribes hosted another great event!
Great door prizes and great food!
I bartered this gorgeous headband for a jar of Chaga!
Sewskimo Gertz craft table:
Some finished projects I’ve been working on!
2 & 3 year old class projects 2019. I have a great co-worker and awesome students!