It's hard to believe that a whole year has passed since I timidly clicked "publish post" for the first time. The truth is, I was slightly terrified. I remember thinking that I would probably run out of photos or things to say within a month. Yet, here it is, twelve months later and there still seems to be plenty to share. And I'm so thankful for the chance to do just that...share. Being able to point the camera and capture even a fraction of the beautiful and amazing things that surround me is something I enjoy. Being able to share those beautiful and amazing things is something I cherish.
I can't let this day pass without thanking those without whom The Buggy Side of the Dog would not exist. Steve, author of Balance, first introduced me to the concept of personal blogging with his insightful and entertaining sliver of cyberspace. Through Steve's blog, I met Peggy, author of Kayak Paddle Tales, who encouraged me to carve out a space of my own. Then my dear friend, Kathy (who doesn't have a blog yet, but should), chimed in and that pretty much sealed the deal. I must admit that it didn't take much convincing. Though I couldn't have put it into words quite yet, I was looking for a way to share my view of this place.
My hope is that the view I've offered has been focused and fair.
My joy has been sharing my treasures...through the lens of my camera and the lens of my heart.
This video clip was shot by Doug Armstrong, a new teacher here in Atqasuk. A few weeks ago, he discovered something strange swimming along the edge of the Arctic Ocean in Barrow. I've seen jellyfish along the Arctic coast before, but never anything like this! It looks more like something featured on Pure Florida than here! In lieu of an official identification, Doug has dubbed this mysterious creature a "technicolor sea corndog." As far as I know, there's no stick involved. :)
Note: When I viewed the video on YouTube there was an option to "watch in high quality" linked just below the volume button. If this version is too pixelated, I definitely recommend checking it out on the website directly...click here
Welcome to the Arctic! This space is dedicated to observations and experiences related to daily life in the Inupiat Eskimo village of Atqasuk. Questions and comments are invited. Thanks for visiting! Quyanaqpaq!
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Interested in Inuit culture? Check out these films...
The Fast Runner is an excellent representation of ancient Inuit culture. The R-rating is for nudity, violence, and some language. Subtitles are utilized throughout. I do not recommend this film for children, but it's an extremely accurate portrayal of the culture. It was introduced to me by an Inupiat woman who raved about it. And I agree!
For a preview, click here.
The Snow Walker is another excellent representation of Inuit culture circa 1940's. This film is rated PG, I'm guessing for language. No subtitles that I remember. It starts a little slow, but gets much better. It will leave you with a deeper understanding and appreciation for the survival skills of this culture.
For a preview, click here.
Great For Kids!
Whale Snow by Debby Dahl Edwardson is a warm and culturally sensitive story centered on the Inupiat subsistence tradition of whaling. It is available in both English and Inupiaq translation. The illustrations, by Annie Patterson are exquisite and add to the quiet softness that the story inspires.
To order this title on Amazon.com, click here.
The Alaska Geographic series is an excellent informational resource. The edition entitled North Slope Now deals exclusively with this area and even features relatives of my students. Although it was published in 1989, it is still current enough to provide a general understanding of culture, lifestyle, and issues faced by this northern-most region.
To order this title from Alaska Geographic, click here.
More about Kaktovik Disaster of 2005 (from Dec post, "The Edge")