Fly across the road...wheels spinning on packed snow, slide sideways to a full (and very cool-looking) stop at the porch, score some serious candy.
That was the not-so-well-thought-out plan.
Unfortunately, Halloween had one more trick up its sleeve. In his enthusiasm, this trick-or-treater drove confidently off the road into snow that was a little too deep, a little too slick, a little too...much for his four-wheeler.
While there may be nothing embarrassing about trick-or-treating when you're fifteen, getting stuck is something else altogether (hence the nervous looking around).
Eventually, a helping hand arrives to save the day... and maybe a little face.
There appear to be no other witnesses... except for that irritating shutterbug on the porch!
But getting un-stuck is substantially more difficult than it looks.
Pulling backward doesn't help. The only way out is forward.
I can relate.
I know how it feels to be stuck, unsure of what to do about it, and embarrassed that others see me spinning...my...wheels.
As I press forward, I’m thankful...for friends with good timing.
And I'm hopeful that no one around me… carries a camera.
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")