17 July, 2003
Today in Kotzebue
The weather is much improved. Yesterday we were unable to get in any
boating because the water was too choppy. Clear and sunny with not too
What Science Is Happening?
They also took sediment (bottom mud) core samples. We squeezed the
sediment out of the syringes and measured it into bags. This will be
shipped to North Carolina and tested chlorophyll (the amount of plant
that makes it to different levels of sediment. Then we know how much
there is for mud dwelling creatures to eat.
When Martha was a child she left school one month early and returned two months late every year so she could go with family to camp. Now there is a traveling teacher that visits the local camp once a week to help kids keep up. The traditions, although they are dying out are still being passed on. Denali, Alex and Martha's 11-year-old daughter is now learning skills that have been passed down for generations.
Something you haven't heard about in a while. The dread fear that society would collapse in the year 2000 never came to pass, but many in Kotzebue would have been prepared. Martha tells me that she would have been just fine. Alex hunts, they fish, they have fresh water, berries and sour doc (a spinach-like plant), herbal medications.
I was sitting here reflecting on the traditional ecological knowledge portion of our project. Besides learning local food webs and changes, there are a lot more things that it would be beneficial to have recorded. I hope that we can expand studies to include more of this knowledge that has been refined by time to teach our own kids.
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