This Friday we were excited to host K’enaanee Kkaazoot. In Koyukon, the Athabascan dialect from down the Yukon River, it means “skiing is fun”. It is also the name of a local ski club dedicated to getting rural youth out skiing. Hailing from Fairbanks, made up by volunteers from the Tanana Chiefs Corporation (TCC) and the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF).
After dressing in ski gear we headed out for fun. First we played a version of “sharks & minnows” called “caribou and wolves”. All the caribou lined up shoulder to shoulder. The wolves, taunted the caribou to ski across a vast open tundra, attempting to tag, or gobble up as many caribou as possible. Once tagged by a wolf, you become a wolf. The game continues until all the caribou have become wolves. I was reminded of my days swimming across Grafton pool during the dog days of summer playing sharks and minnows.
As a small headwind grew we turned around and headed back to school
Gretchen living the mantra, skiing is fun!
Luckily our ski coaches could carry some of the littler skiers back
Dan blazes into the arctic wilderness