Archive for December, 2010


December 24, 2010

Dec 24, 2010

This posting on Youtube is making the rounds, as it should be!!

The 5th grade class in the southwest Alaska village of Quinhagak, located about 70 miles SW of Bethel, made this.  They did such a great job that we wanted to share it with you.

As reported:

Ten hours of filming. Four hours of editing. Dozens of shots. Countless takes.

Barthelman, 29, and his class began planning this clip late last week and filmed it over the weekend in a whirlwind trip around the village, the teacher said today.

Please take the time to watch the talented  kids, with some help from a dedicated teacher, and enjoy your holiday!!
To you this season, from members of the family here at AB…..

Hallelujah and Happy Holiday to the wonderful people in Alaska~
~ Secret Talker

I am hopeful that
sending the children of Quinhagak ahead,
the world round , with their special  Hallelujah! ,
as we wrap up this year and prepare for another
with their fresh voices, fresh faces,
that we will carry  the best of what we are into the growing light.
Happy holidays to all
~ Alaska Pi

The best to you and yours this holiday season.
~ Elsie

From us here in one little part of Rural Alaska …..
much happiness, warmth, and great memories with all that are important to you!!
Thank you for all the support this past year.
~ UgaVic

Wishing you happy holidays and joy in the new year!
~ Jane

Fish Sticks v the Salmon People

December 16, 2010

Dec 16, 2010

The Chinook By-Catch issue seems to have gotten put on the back burner in many areas of the news lately. It is still on the front burner for those who deal first hand with its fall out, most of Western Alaskan villages and their residents.
Dennis Zaki, who brought us some of the first video coverage when residents were dealing with the fallout in the winter of 2009 is still hard at work on the issue.
Dennis has now working on a documentary and could use some of our help.

Drop  in, take a look and then click here to visit Kwickstarter to make a donation. Even if it is just for a few $$$.

Believe me when I tell you that it is appreciated by more than just Dennis!!

If you want to read more about some of the latest By-Catch numbers catch our post that came out just before the election.

There is more to report and we should have an update soon.

Stay tuned!!

Our Alaska!

December 7, 2010

Dec 7, 2010

We again come to a time of year many of us are reminded why we choose to live in some of the most ‘remote’ parts of Alaska.

As we move into the winter months, you might think we are less active than our busy summer days, I want to share that we are far from sedentary!

Many parts of Western Alaska are covered in marshes, lakes and creeks which now have frozen over so it is safer to travel. The larger rivers are gathering ice now and should totally freeze over soon so we can REALLY start to travel.

Many have already set their trap lines. Yes, as hard as it is for some people to justify, in reality it is not only an income here but it is also provides varmint control, a food source and of course is seeped in long tradition. I know of no serious trapper who chooses a method that lets an animal suffer needlessly… period. Many times they are much more ‘animal aware’ than people who leave an animal in a house all day bored out of its mind with no stimulation.

Skin sewing, some beading and crocheting are all in full swing now!!  A few of us are taking on the fun task to see if we can crochet a warm scarf for all the kids and elders who might need one. Any Christmas project planned needs to be well on their way towards being completion. If you are planning special meals or things that need to be here you better have made arrangements, or it will not get here in time.

The chance to attend local potlucks and school programs is presenting itself more as we move into the winter.

Here in our area, winter moose hunting season will start soon. Also ptarmigan, a small bird something like a quail,  are out and about so the opportunity for a fresh meal of game bird is a possible.

As the rivers get safer to travel on, winter fishing will start. Many who want to travel between villages for events can do so more safely during this time.

Of course all of this is on top of the normal winter jobs we do, fuel being hauled and of course prepping and planning for summer projects.

But enough of what all we are doing and just enjoy. Here, so you can see, is  a little of what we get to see almost every day!