10 July, 2002
Margie Goatley arrived today and will be joining the team. Margie was
with us last year. She is a graduate student at the University of
Alaska, Anchorage. I will be doing a short biography on her in the
next few days and also about her thesis. There are many areas of
anthropology. All of the people I have met have all been researching
different topics. More on this later.....
It is raining so hard today, we are inside cataloging. It is easy to
fall behind because there is so much to do. But cataloging is
necessary, so sometimes the rain is good.
The next interview: Olive interviewed Faye. She operates the reindeer
herd in the village. Her interview was fascinating as well as her
discussion of her crafts. Faye makes Eskimo dolls and mukluks
(traditional boots). The boots are made from reindeer fur and seal
skin. The dolls also have the fur and skins. The doll also had an
ivory face. Faye has also taught in the school in Wales. She has
taught the children the traditional dances, the songs, some folklore,
and how to speak some Inupiaq. Once again, the full story will be out
in the fall.
In August, the team will be going to Tin City about 10 miles away.
They will be excavating there until the end of August. I wish I could
go, but I need to return to MA. Still hoping to see muskox but so far
none have shown their shaggy face. I also hope to see an umiak again
this year. A umiak is a traditional boat made with a wooden inner
structure but the outside is lined with walrus or seal skin. This is
a very safe boat and has been made for thousands of years.
Margie is working on her finds. She has a knack for finding things. She may be the Mickey Mantle of archaeology. Actually, no one can come close to Mickey Mantle, but Margie is good!
Margie is pictured here on her way to work inthe morning.
Later that day, in the kitchen!
Victoria and Danitra are seen here in the Dome. It seemed to be home to all of us.
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