This is just a bunch of random pictures in no particular order.
This is Agutak pronounced more or less like [Uh-goo-duck]. It is Eskimo Ice Cream. It has three main ingredients, and sometimes a few other things added, but most often just these three main ingredients ..... are you ready for this: Crisco, Sugar, and Berries. Thats right, large amounts of Crisco hand mixed with with sugar, and then berries mixed in. The batch of agutak you see here (which was the first one I ever tried) has another ingredient that is less common added to it; White Fish. White fish is similar in taste to Halibut, but a little different texture. It is cooked, cooled and added to the "ice cream". Also in this batch are blueberries and Salmonberries. Grossed out? You should be. It leaves a thick (and lasting) film on the roof of your mouth. I don't think white fish agutak was the best for a first try.
Picture of some friends while we are out picking berries, which are everywhere on the tundra in the Summer and fall. I never noticed until now how the people are sort of camouflaged in this picture.
A stand of Aspen trees, somewhat rare around here.
Me standing in front of a Beaver dam, and same dam below
Not the best picture, but this is my friend Johnny, he is a dog musher and this is a picture I took as he was passing by training his dog team one day. Before there is snow on the ground, mushers will have their dogs pull them on a 4 wheeler in neutral for training.
A group of kids who followed me out of the village on a couple mile hike one day. (Above and below)
This mossy looking patch of ground above and below is like quick sand, but quicker. I stepped in the middle of it mostly because I wanted to see what it felt like. Almost immediately, I sunk up to my upper calf. I got out pretty quick, but I didn't seem to be slowing down or hitting bottom. Pretty strange feeling.
Pumping some fresh water from a creek. I don't know if it is even necessary to filter it, but I'd rather not find out. I have heard that some Elders will drink straight from the rivers and creeks.
This is a typical dance scene. the dances take place in the old gym and the local band is pretty darn good. They actually get hired to play all over the place in AK. One of them told me they will get hired for festivals in the Kuskokwim area and get themselves and their equipment flown to the place which costs around $6,000, and they will also make a good chunk of money for playing too. That is an expensive band to hire.
All dancing is 2 step. It is a pretty fun event.
This is teacher housing. I live in the building on the right and my upstairs is the lit up window on the left. The picture below is a view form that window during the daytime in the fall.
Medicinal Plant meeting with village Elders. In this picture, the man holding his leg is telling us a survival story in Yupik about how he almost froze to death with his dog team when he was a young man. He is showing us in the picture how he couldn't bend his knees. He couldn't stand up because his body was freezing completely stiff. He managed to get a cup or something and pee in it, then he drank it to help warm himself up again, just enough to get up and back on the sled, then the dogs pulled him back to the village where he got help.
Some skiffs on the beach in the fall.
Me and my kids heading down the hall.
The only road signs in the village. They say "Road narrows ahead", and "One lane road" "10 MPH" I'm pretty sure all of our roads are one lane, and narrow. Must be a story behind these signs.
Above and Below. Pictures of some houses in the lower village. Most don't have running water
What happens when you buy a truck bring it to the village and it brakes down beyond repair? It stays where it is. There are several trucks just sitting around like this one. It is like this with many things because it is not cost effective to ship or barge things out of the village.
P.E. One of our favorite times of the day
School water tank
A black bear carcass I came upon one day while walking.
These are trail markers. They run along the trails between the villages. 20 Miles North is the the village Kaliganek, and 12 miles South is the village Ekwok. These tripods are pretty tall and can bee seen above the snow for traveling via snow machine.
I live in the middle of the wilderness ..... right next to a cell phone tower. I don't even want to know how many EMFs are flowing through my living space.
This looks fake, but it is not and it was not enhanced. It was taken on a flight from Anchorage to to the village. On this particular flight we went through a mountain pass. It was a pretty rough ride, but worth it to see this as we came out of the pass. Some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen, I was in complete awe.