Monthly Archives: June 2008

Vahn Gwiinzii (good morning) to everyone reading

Here is some Gwich’in language stuff from Sir Alexander Mackenzie School in Inuvik.

Little signs like this help keep traditional language alive.


Inuvik’s community greenhouse: It’s doing well

Things are really sprouting at the Inuvik Community Greenhouse these days.

Head on over to to hear some interviews with gardeners and see more pictures.

Baby on board

Here is something you often see in the arctic: babies being carried in back pouches.

Quviahuktunga Inuvialuugama: Proud to be Inuvialuit

Here are some stickers promoting Inuvialuit culture. They are distributed freely in town to promote the preservation of language.

Sunlight is everywhere

This dog was enjoying the sun outside the Eagle Plains Hotel, around 1am.

Troops are mobilizing on North Mart

This truck looks like a relic from WW2!

The Delta Good Time Band, at 1am!

The best part of my Aboriginal Day (June 21) was playing drums with the Delta Good Time band late at night.

This style of “jigging music” is popular in the north: it has a quick beat like a galloping horse.

Be sure to note all the mosquitoes! There was a cloud of them descending on stage but people kept playing and dancing.

This video was taken around 1am, which really gives you an idea of the midnight sun.

(And yes, I am using electronic drums.)

Thanks to Ashli for filming and taking these pictures, and thanks to the band for letting me play!

(Here, some curious children are looking at the electronic drums and asking how they work. “Are you really playing the song?” One asked.)