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.
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!
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