Grayling Culture Camp 2018 – Photojournal

September 10-14:  What a picture-perfect week to be completely unplugged as a community in the bush!  We arrived in Grayling on Saturday, September 8; enjoyed a church service in town on Sunday; then headed out to the true bush with an eventual total of 85 people for the rest of the week.

 

Landing in Grayling after a beautiful flight

Taxi ride into town from the airport

 

Getting out on the Yukon, headed to culture camp off the Innoko River – about 70 miles away by river

 

Elder and younger settle in for naps

 

Elders reminisce about living in Holikachuk, the village from which Grayling was populated in 1962-3. The standing building used to house the post office and a residence.

 

Great place to pitch a tent!

 

Breakfast time!

Elders enjoy the sun outside their cabin

 

Kids take on fishing responsibilities

There’s a pike for nothdlod!  (Indian ice cream)

 

Catching fish makes for hungry boys

 

Happy blueberry picking grounds, 7 mile, Innoko River

Blueberry picking crew, 20-mile Innoko River

 

Lots of berries for nothdlod

 

Expert elder makes the best nothdlod!

 

And this is how a birthday is celebrated:  nothdlod, gaunkhlet (berry sauce), and fry bread.

 

View from a seat around the fire ring

Approach to camp

Parking lot is almost full

 

Elder visiting his childhood home at Holikachuk, built by his father

 

First time sitting at the family table since 1949

 

A gift pike – more nothdlod!

 

Gift moose means a full freezer

 

Auntie Edna and Christa clean the boys’ grouse

 

“Nindal, nindal, ditzen’…”  (duck duck goose in Holikachuk)

Visit to the Holikachuk graveyard for a service

 

Son of InterAct missionaries Gale and Jean Van Diest

 

Placing a memorial plaque at the grave of  Luis Deacon, last traditional chief of Grayling

 

Potlatch following service:  ribs on the fire – pork and moose!

 

Let the feasting begin!

 

Campfire scenes.  If only we’d gotten a picture of the auroras reflected in the creek.

Elder ladies’ wall tent

3 thoughts on “Grayling Culture Camp 2018 – Photojournal

  1. Nice pictures. Tenting looks interesting plus picking blue berries, fishing, and the elk. Now you need some veggies to go with it.
    Thanks for the updates. You all look healthy.
    Prayer partners,
    Bert & Melvina

  2. Wow! Very different culture, yet fun to see. Think of you all and pray for you often. How is Dani? 🙂 Love to all!

    On Tue, Sep 25, 2018 at 10:27 PM Millers in Alaska wrote:

    > James and Shannon Miller posted: “September 10-14: What a picture-perfect > week to be completely unplugged as a community in the bush! We arrived in > Grayling on Saturday, September 8; enjoyed a church service in town on > Sunday; then headed out to the true bush with an eventual total of 8” >

    • Glad to share it with you, Selah! Thanks for asking: we have been overwhelmed with how God is directing and blessing Dani. She’s thriving in the music community of the school and has a great job. Please continue to pray for her health as she fine tunes keeping up with her schedule and needing to prepare good food. Love to you all, too! ~Shannon

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