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Most of the clothing is made by the women in the villages, Expecially the colorful parky's they wear.
This has to be one of the most colorful parky's I have ever seen. Sophie Tuckfield in her newest home made Parky, She is a little shy and doesn't want to face the camera, Some folks have this superstition that your soul is taken if you let someone capture your image. Sophie doesn't believe it but she is reluctant to turn and look at me.!!
"Blue Wolf" - Tony Weber, sigh, Tony was one of the best hunters in the village, expecially when it came to tracking down a wolf. He was the best, he was my landlord in Pt. Hope, I rented his house for over a year. One day Tony was down on the ocean ice, hunting beluga whales. A beluga whale looks much like a dolphin or porpose, They are white and about 15 feet long.
Instead of Muk-tuk (blubber of whale) Beluga is Muk tok, It is really good, eaten with mustard ! slurp. I like this stuff much better than Bowhead whale blubber. anyway, Tony is out on the ocean ice hunting beluga and he caught one that morning, He had no right being down on the ocean ice huntnig, because 3 whaling captains, had died and their funerals were being held on this particular day, (all 3 captains died young from cancer). Out of respect Tony should not have continued to hunt.
That afternoon, Tony caught another Beluga whale but it was rather far out on rough water, Tony decided, I am going to go out in my one man umiaq and retrieve it., He was warned: Tonly don't go out there, it is too far, the water it too rough. Tony said. I think I can make it, and he went and paddled out. He did successfully reach that beluga whale and tied his umiaq to the beluga and started to paddle back to the ice.
The beluga "woke" up, and dove, bringing that tiny umiaq and tony down under the fridgid waters.
Word quickly reached people in the village and an all out search was immediately started, to no avail, about two hours later some seagulls were seen off the end of the point, tony was found floating in the water, he was brought back to the clinic and pronounced dead by drowning.
BUT: at his funeral, he had the biggest smile on his face that everyone marveled at ! He is sorely missed by me and many others. He was a very kind generous man
Like I said much earlier, the reason most people die in this village, is because they did not listen and obey the very last words spoken to them..
Tuzzy Nashookpuk - A very famous name in this village and others, especially Barrow. The Tuzzy library was built in honor of a very beautiful woman in point hope that died very young, from cancer. The goverment says (concerning the huge amount of cancer deaths in this village) It is because of tobacco use, It has nothing to do with the radio active waste they spread all over our hunting grounds.!
I have all the models I want in this village, people are very cooperative when it comes to me shoving a camera in their face(s). That is because I always give them an enlargement or two for free.
Gus Kowanna, Lucky guy, ha ha ha. !! I wish I had a photograph of what happened to Gus.
Last year during whaling Gus bought a new rifle, He was warned !! do not buy that rifle, it is too powerful for you, NO! not put a scope on that rifle!
Gus didn't listen, he went out and purchaed a Weatherbee 333, with scope.
Gus went up to the tent area, to get something, he had his rifle with him, he went into the tent and left the rifle standing outside the tent. When he came out of the tent, There was a polar bear eating sicpan. Gus grabbed his rifle and ran, The polar bear continued to eat the sicpan (seal blubber), just outside the tent area, The polar bear stopped and looked at Gus as he has his rifle up and looking through the scope, Gus fired a round. That scope smaked him in the eye and almost knocked him out, the bear is moving towards Gus now, He takes much more careful aim. holds on tight and fires again. BLAM ! Gus got socked in the eye again, with the force of this powerful rifle, Gus is crying, he can't see & the bear is charging him. he has one last chance. In increddible pain, unable to see clearly he held on for dear life, squeezed that trigger, The bear went down, Gus got rid of that rifle that day. He had one heck of a black eye for many days. I will just stick to my .22 Gus said.!! At least this event did not have a tragic outcome !
Every tent, every tent area is set up exactly the same. it doesn't matter which tent you go in. everything is in the exact same place.
Here is a tent with sicpan outside the tent !!
Edited by Majik_Imaje on Feb 18, 2008 at 08:03 AM GMT
Edited on Feb 18, 2008 at 05:03 PM