Monday, May 31, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
Wow, this week has flown by!! Anouk and I have been so busy preparing for "The Ice-Breaker Variety Show" which hits the Fort Good Hope Band Hall stage on Sunday. It's a show featuring artists from the community. Anouk started preparing for it before I was even up here, but since the Arts are right up my alley I totally jumped on the Show bandwagon. Performance wise I'm involved with two small theatre pieces and a modern dance...and then there's all the decorating, organizing, stage managing and such. It's going to be a fun time and I'm looking forward to it. Pictures will be posted after the event on Sunday. Break a leg to everyone!! :)
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
It was a very busy long weekend here in Fort Good Hope. The annual Sylvia Kelly Memorial Volleyball Tournament took place, and the whole town, as well as many neighbouring communities, came out to have fun, play, and compete for prizes.
Friday, May 21, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
I just need a moment to vent about one of my biggest pet peeves up here. Nothing ever, EVER starts on time. For example, yesterday a meeting that was "scheduled" for 1:15pm didn't start till after 1:30. A rehearsal that was set to begin at 7pm didn't get going till 7:40pm! It usually doesn't bother me too much, but yesterday it got to me. I really don't know why people even bother to set start times here. They should just say, "we'll start somewhere between 7 and 8pm, and even then we may not get going till 9pm...depending on if anyone shows up." Okay. I'm done now :)
Monday, May 17, 2010
Didn't feel too well on the weekend - I think I was just physically and mentally run down. But a bit of solitude and re-focus helped a lot. I decided to remind myself of the two main reasons I'm here:
1) To learn. I am a firm believer in the old cliche, "Knowledge is Power". The more one knows the better choices one can make and, in turn, the better human being one can become (at least that's what I think!).
2) To help in any way I can. I never expect to change the world, but if I can pitch in here or there in the community, then my hope is that someone, somehow can benefit. Perhaps it's a bit of a random way to think, but it's working for now!
So, here's a pic of one of the students I tutor. He is Trouble with a capitol "T"!! But he tries...sometimes. :)
Friday, May 14, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
5) return to earth and post our results for the community
Monday, May 10, 2010
I am so enjoying my time here. So far, any negatives are far outweighed by the positives. Plus I would have to say that I have learned more in a month - not only about the Dene people, but about myself - than I did my entire year in Edmonton! Hope all is well down south!
Thursday, May 6, 2010
It's amazing to me how quickly I've formed friendships up here. "The Herd" as we are known, see each other pretty much every day whether at work or play. I guess it's inevitable in such a small community, but I feel very, very lucky to have been so accepted by these peeps...including the four legged ones!
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
It's customary in the community to have tea and bannock at the ready for unexpected guests. Yesterday evening we had our first "official" uninvited guest. Afterward, Anouk and I had a good talk about if, when you move to a new community, you should or are expected to follow all the customs and practices of that community? At home (or "down south") neither of us would ever dream of stopping by someone's place unannounced, expecting to be served tea and food, and then staying for an indefinite period of time. We would feel too intrusive!...Not so up here. :)
Saturday, May 1, 2010
I spent Friday doing some admin work with "The Chief". Pondering that term, I still picture the grade school textbook images of an elderly First Nations man wearing a feathered head piece, sitting cross-legged before a fire and smoking a pipe. Our chief is not like that at all! He is fairly young and very open and intelligent. He told me that he hopes to be a bridge between the traditional older generation and the modern younger one. He is very dedicated to his people, but I sense he is hampered by a system that is, right now, a non-system, and he needs people with fire and passion to assist him with the goals he has for this community...
In other news: The ice is moving, there's still tons of daylight at midnight, and I just finished "The White Queen" by Phillipa Gregory. I really enjoy her stuff!