Apr 23, 2009
We asked Ann to send some random pictures so we can gain a better understanding of life in her village:
This is a photo of about 20 Nunam kids playing “Lap Game” on Swan Lake, which runs right through the middle of the village. They sure were having fun for about 3 hours last night!
“Lap Game” is the Alaska Native version of baseball. They have teams and one team hits and then they all run after the ball . Last night, the bat was an old axe handle. They put their best runners in the center of the field. The opposing team tries to remove opposing players by touching or hitting them with the ball. That is a sketchy explanation!
I found the lesson plan of a school teacher from a rural Alaska school district that describes the lap game in detail.
I also ran across a mention of it in a book about students in six classrooms around the country that carry on conversations over the Internet. It just happened that Google Book’s limited excerpt of Internet Communication in Six Classrooms is chapters about exchanges between a school in Joliet, Illinois and a school in Tununak, Alaska.
I live in Tununak and I am Yupik. I play basketball and we play football and sometimes we play lap game [a game similar to baseball brought to Alaska by reindeer herders from Lapland in the 1930s, and played with a bat and a soft ball; when a batter hits the ball, players attempt to run to the far end of a field and back without the opposing team hitting them with the ball]. And sometimes we go hunting with my big brother and Francis is my cousin. And sometimes I catch geese. Sometimes I go fishing and sometimes I watch cartoons and a scary movie. (Gerald)
HAWAII 2nd Graders donate to the food drive!
I read about your plight on Mudflats and Anonymous Bloggers and spoke with the kids about your circumstances. They wanted to help. We have collected food and hope it helps. We also want all of you in your village to know people from different cultures and lands care about you. We, like you, live isolated from the rest of the world and supplies must come by ship or plane. We understand your plight. This world is a lot closer/smaller than it seems. Thank goodness for the internet.
This shrinking, melting planet needs more stories like this! There’s so much promise in the connectivity the Internet can bring to this young generation.
Read Victoria’s garden conference update – composting.