Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Only in Alaska


Alaska is a place that can be prosaic and monotonous at the same time it is mind blowing and extreme. Sometimes it is the expanse of ocean and tundra, the beautiful sunsets, seals in the sound, or the size of the mosquitoes.

One of the things that really defines this place in Alaska that I live is the relationship between animals and humans. It is neither reverence nor the hunger for the kill but something else entirely.

This blog pays tribute to this strange relationship.

Here is one example celebrating Christmas by stretching a real reindeer skin over a wooden frame. Empty eye holes lit up by Christmas lights.

A beautiful Arctic fox

Dead skinned fox frozen in the snow.

Fox fur made into ruffs for parkas.

Isa in her fox ruff parka.

Dead black bear, I think, skinned and left on the beach to rot and wash into the ocean.

Baby beluga from the deep blue sea, harvested for skin and fat. Known as white Muktuk it is served and eaten.

And of course the fish.....lots and lots of fish.

On the line...

On the counter...

And on the Grill!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Fourth of July Fun!

I love fireworks. I really enjoy a good sparkly bang. Living up here in the Arctic where it does not get dark really puts a damper on fireworks fun, but the games, events, and people make up for it.

The entire town came out for the festivities on the Fourth of July. First there was the parade with lots and lots of candy.

This is our Mayor, the one that ran the Iditarod.

Then it was off to the field for the kids games. There were races, tug-a-war, wild animal calling, egg tosses, and gunny sack races. Isa won the bike race!

She used the money she won to have her hair dyed!

Jeremy and I did not do as well as Isa. We did the bike race, egg toss, horseshoes, tug-of-war, and anchor toss and did not win any of our events!

After the Adult games it was down to the ocean for the log walk. It was 9:00 a night as the kids changed into their wet suites to walk on a log covered in Crisco. Isa made it about half way.

By 10:00 the kids were all wet and covered in grease. It was time to take them home and wash them off. The adults continued with the games having a fish cutting contest, paddle boat race, and a motor boat race, all into the wee hours of the morning.

All in all a great day! (even without the sparkly bangs!)