Thanks to Mr. Forbes I was able to speak with Faye and learn as much as I have passed on here. She is a very interesting and hardworking woman, I would like to meet her in person someday.
Faye Ongtowasruk is a very important person in the village. She owns the reindeer herd. She has also helped out in the school and church for many years. She has taught the children the traditional dances and language.
Faye makes these dolls as well. She uses seal and reindeer for her materials when she makes the dolls. The face is made from walrus ivory.
Faye also makes some amazing crafts. She is pictured here with Mukluks, the traditional boots.They are made from reindeer or seal skin.
This is a cache, with the Bering Sea in the background. The cache is used to hang and dry meats, seal, walrus, or fish.
Pictured are Julia and Olive. Olive interviewed Faye.
A picture of Main St. The village has pretty much looked the same for many years.
In back of Wales, is Razorback. Razorback overlooks the village with an awe.
They finally got the critters into the pen. Thye use 4 wheelers and even a helicopter today when they go out into the tundra to bring them in. In the "old days", Faye and her helpers went by foot.
The boat went after a single reindeer. Ther were prettu skittish. They are also very good swimmers.
Here is another picture of an umiak shell. This is also where Faye was brought up in a traditional house (Notice the whale ribs in a circle in the background).
The Reindeer Herd! This was at the roundup. The reindeer did not want to go into the pen. There were almost in, when they escaped. Eventually they got them in. This picture was taken approximately 2-3 A.M.