Monday, June 19, 2006

Bye bye Alaska

This'll wake ya up!

That was in Anchorage which also has lots of tattoos and leather. I forgot to show you the photo of the successful whaling boat - you can see the crew flag flying on it. I went to a return of the whalers party (pron aparardi don't know how to spell) and saw all the elders being fed soup and fermented whale meat and then I washed dishes for several hundred.

I've left Alaska now, complete with my Inupiaq name Singaagauluk (Sing-ar-or-luk) which was given to me by Julia. It's her name and she said I should be very honoured so I was. Also have my Kaleak crew whaling jacket and my furry hat. Stayed in a fantastic hostel in Anchorage which I recommend and found some Inupiaq language tapes in the bookshop. They only have Kotzebue dialect which is a bit different from Barrow but it will have to do.

Now in Edmonton with lovely cousins and auntie and uncle and scrappy the dog. Yesterday we saw someone called Don Cherry a hockey commentator who is apparently very famous and who wears very bad jackets. Flying home to London tomorrow. Night shift Wed. Rang Barrow to see if anyone had caught any last minute whales but they haven't. As of Friday the ice still hadn't opened up.


Blogger Jim said...

A Texas goodbye to you, Singaagauluk.

I hope you will continue blogging, you are an interesting writer.

If you don't write anymore, do drop in on mine when you are just messing around on the Internet.

I would like permission to use your BAD ASS COFFEE Co. picture. Sometimes (like the one ending at midnight tonight from last Friday, June 16 post) I run a where am I contest or the like.

I have really enjoyed your blog and I now respect our environment more and would like to see a summary of your findings. If that is ok.

2:28 AM  
Blogger Ice Fairy said...

You are welcome to the bad ass coffee Jim! Thanks again for your messges - your interest was very inspiring. I'll let you know if I start another blog and stay in touch through yours. All the best...

11:10 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Thanks very much. I would like to stay in touch.
Best wishes too, with the report or paper or however you account to the grant givers.

12:47 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

BTW, that new picture in my profile is an alligator.
We saw four of them this Saturday in East Texas.
They would sleep their lives away up there in the north.
I have another British blogging buddy, Britmum, at

12:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

check out the UAF language center in fairbanks. Thats were we get our barrow dialect tapes.

8:12 PM  

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