In February 2012, I went home to Mountain Village to attend a suicide prevention conference led by the Youth Advocacy Group for the Asa’carsamiut Tribal Council; coinciding with the meetings was a Yup’ik Dance Festival convening five surrounding villages. Hooper Bay, Chevak, St. Mary’s, Kotlik and Mountain Village dance groups got together and rocked the house.
I stayed with my Maurluq Aleok (Maurluq is the Yup’ik word for grandmother; Aleok is her Yup’ik name). She had been asking for me to visit for about a week before my Uncle Ted called and said I needed to come home.
My cousin David caught two lynx. He and my Uncle Leonard have been going out hunting for furs to trade-in at a furrier.
Baby Girl, Hailey, is pictured above wearing a kuspuk made by her Maurluq Gladys.
Also above is a photo of Mountain Village overlooking the Yukon River. It is a Yup’ik community located on the lower river, 90 miles inland from the Bering Sea founded by my great-grandfather, Chekohak Landlord.
The last photo is a little drummer boy with the Mountain Village dance group. My Aunt Gladys invited me to perform with the dance group. Many moons ago, I was part of a Yup’ik dance group. I haven’t performed in a long time so I stood in the way, way back. While in the back, I captured a photo of this little drummer boy.