Issue: 2014 May 8

Growin’ Up Gwitch’in
Moccasin-maker Elizabeth Kaye writes about her Northern childhood

Tattoo You: Amanda Hutchen

Here is a picture of my newest tattoo. I love phoenix birds, and my son’s initials and birthdate were incorporated on this one.

More than Nutrition

Every Wednesday at lunchtime the basement of the Skookum Jim Friendship Centre fills with moms, a few dads, and their babies. According to Shannon Walker, co-ordinator of the Pre-natal Nutritional Outreach Program for the past three years, the program has been going on “forever”. Walker brought her now 22-year-old daughter when she was a baby. …

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Smaller Guns for Women and Youth

If the gun doesn’t fit the shooter, learning to use it will be difficult and even dangerous. Traditionally, both rifles and shotguns are made to suit an “average” sized person, but sadly that person is male and is larger than the average woman or youth. A gun that is too long for the shooter cannot …

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Maternity Time

Giving birth is never an easy task. Nothing is guaranteed to run smoothly, and a lot of patience is required of everyone involved. Amidst all the chaos that may ensue in the delivery room, the maternity ward nurses are there to make the birthing process as comfortable as possible. Nurses play an integral role from …

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Talent and Passion

The Yukon is blessed with a huge number of talented and passionate women. It would take much more space than I have here to pay tribute to even just a handful of these inspiring ladies but I’m going to give it a shot. I’ve had to narrow the list down to five who have inspired …

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Growing Up Gwich’in

Editor’s Note: When Jason Westover visited Elizabeth Kaye recently, he suggested he would love to know more about her life besides her passion for moccasin-making. This inspired her to write the following article at the family camp down-river of Old Crow. As a Gwich’in child I lived a nomadic lifestyle in the Northwest Territories since …

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Elder with childs beaded slippers

Caribou Boots & Banana Bread

Since moving to Old Crow more than four decades ago Elizabeth (Liz) Kaye has kept a busy and active lifestyle in the community,

From Mexico with Love

In 2007, Craig Graham-Biggers left the Yukon to run a bar in Baja, Mexico for a year. He expected sun and sand and to earn a living, but did not think he would find love. But he did. In August, he and Fernando Biggers started chatting on a popular site for “bears” (“big, hairy men” …

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A Soup of Many Flavours

Keith Kelly (aka Teddy Bear) turns out over 1,000 servings of soup each week for the many bingo players at the Elks Lodge on Hawkins Street. Although he was retired, Kelly couldn’t pass up the opportunity of running the lodge’s kitchen. “I got bored sitting around doing nothing and thought it would be something fun …

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The Days Are Just Packed…

An incessant beeping. I become aware of a pillow, and the sound becomes my alarm clock. I silence the offending device with more luck than aim. I feel out of sorts, extracted so roughly from my dreams. I am certain that the makers of alarm clocks engineer them with minute precision to attain the exact …

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Jenny Hamilton is usually behind the scenes at the Guild Hall… but not always

Jenny Hamilton didn’t waste much time heeding Horace Greeley’s advice to go West young. She was just 14 days old when she arrived in Whitehorse with her parents from her Prince Edward Island birthplace. A few years later, she attended in pre-school in a Porter Creek building that was not yet known as the Guild …

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Spring migration means a busy time for birders

The end of April’s Celebration of Swans at Marsh Lake comes at a good time. That’s because at least a hundred other bird species are now arriving as part of the long-awaited spring migration. This year, the Yukon Bird Club is offering free guided field trips in Whitehorse and 10 other locations to help both visitors …

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Talking Points about “Klondike” for our summer visitors

There’s all sorts of misinformation about the Klondike Gold Rush out there. One of the most obvious is that a lot of Americans, other than the ones who live in the big state next door to us, still think the Klondike is in Alaska. Granted that the vast majority of the stampeders came from the …

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Jivin’ to the Jukebox

This week, 14 ambitious students from Vanier Catholic Secondary School will be belting out a raft of hit tunes their parents or grandparents probably danced or cuddled to decades ago. Under the direction of English teacher Marcia Lalonde and musical director Kim Hart, they will present two public performances of the “jukebox musical” Leader of the …

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The Sport of Art

Visual art is typically a lonesome pursuit. The public often has to wait months, if not years, to see new works emerge from studios. Art Battle turns these concepts upside down. In its five-year existence, the live-painting competition has seen over 300 artists facing off to produce “instant art” in cities across southern Canada. Amber Church, …

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