Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Dream a Little Dream With Me...

Welcome to Hollywood! What's your dream? Everybody comes here; this is Hollywood, land of dreams. Some dreams come true, some don't; but keep on dreamin' - this is Hollywood. 
Always time to dream, so keep on dreamin'. 
Happy Man Pretty Woman 1990

Quinhagak School Gets a Flag Pole

Culture Week
Tearing Ptarmigan
Making Story Knives
Sewing Eskimo Dolls
If you were here at Quinhagak School this week you would be amazed at the hustle and bustle of cultural activities taking place.  In Steph's room they are building dog sleds out of Popsicle sticks with a dog team creation of clay.  Moving across the hall into Dora's room they are weaving pot holders. In Grace's room chubby little hands are sewing eskimo dolls. Zig zagging over to
Making Kuspaqs

Ali's room 2 of our  community member elders are sewing kuspaqs while the girls are weaving with looms, making pillows and tearing ptarmigan.

That was a sight to behold, downy white feathers flying around the room, each of the girls' heads covered with a light dusting of them, Ali standing a mist the whole shebang orchestrating and futilely trying to blow the floating fragments of wings away from her face before they settled.  In Mr. B's room they are carving story knives, I had to laugh as several 6 year olds greeted me at his door sporting safety goggles that looked more like helmets and saws as big as their bodies in hand.  All around the room kids are sanding away while Jim has wooden blocks vice gripped to his desk power sawing what would eventually be a story knife. In the high school wing they are hunting, fishing, beading and carving.

Making Dogs and Sleds

Meanwhile in our own room Adam and Moses are building a fish trap. And in the gym Jamie, Connie and Sammie were demonstrating and teaching Native Youth Olympics:   Lots going on up at the school this week.  Come on up and check it out.

NYO Seal Hop

NYO Arm Hit

NYO Alaskan 1 Leg Kick

Making a Fish Trap

NYO Stick Pull

NYO Stick Kick

A Job in Anchor Town!
Happy to report that I got word yesterday that I did in fact get a job in Anchorage for next school year.  Here goes the next step in our Alaskan Adventure. Thank you to all of you who were keeping me in your prayers! 

"No matter how much you dream, how much useless work you do,
or how much you talk, you must still stand in awe of God."
Ecclesiastes 5:7


  1. On the road again~just can't wait to get on the road again! (A little Willie Nelson to encourage your spirit!)
    I'm thankful you were here in Quinhagak for my very first year of teaching...I will miss you, my friend, but I might visit. It'll be, like, somehow.
    See you in Ankritz!

  2. Congrats on getting a job! Hope you enjoy your next adventure as much as you have enjoyed this one.
    Take Care,
    Lisa Street

    P.S. It was snowing here in Hayward today!

  3. Cultural week was always the most fun. I'm glad you got a job! very cool. I'm excited, i have someone else to visit! :P