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Allan Benjamin

Allan Benjamin

Allan Benjamin is a poet, a cartoonist, a fiddle player and a snow shoe racer from Old Crow, Yukon.  Allan is a Vuntut Gwich'in artist who provides cartoons and poems to What's Up Yukon.  He introduces us to two sets of characters who represent Allan's family and traditional Gwich'in life growing up in Old Crow.

Didee & Didoo is Gwitch'in for Grandma & Grandpa.   

Shoo’ii and Sheek’aii is Gwitch'in for Auntie & Uncle. 

They will help us all learn Gwich'in, Allan hopes to see more poems submitted in Native Language!  


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Issue: 2017-04-26, PHOTO: Allan Benjamin

HE WAKES UP AT FOUR AND HE’S OUT THE DOOR. HE’S UP BEFORE THE SUN AN’ HE GOES FOR A RUN. more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2017-03-29, PHOTO: Edith Belanger

The fiddling tradition is alive and well in the Yukon thanks to the Fiddleheads, a group of young fiddlers ranging in age from seven to fourteen years old. The local youth fiddle club is teaming up with groups in Haines Junction and Dawson City to... more

Yukon Music

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Issue: 2016-08-11, PHOTO: by Sue Meikle

Looking for healthy-living inspiration? Turn your gaze from younger athletes and movie stars toward the golden generation - 55 might just be the new 20. Just ask the 97 Yukoners aged 55 to 91 who will be participating in the 2016 Canada 55+ Games... more

Yukon Active

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Issue: 2015-02-12 Photo: Allan Benjamin

We don’t have a store so we’re really poor. We can’t even shop ‘cause they came to a stop. We could even die because we can’t buy. We can’t eat money and that’s not funny. Even if we have cash it’s as good as trash. more

Old Crow

Anyone who reads What’s up Yukon regularly will have come across the comic strip, Didee & Didoo. The comic was created by Old Crow resident, Allan Benjamin. It depicts a humourous take on the life of two Gwitchin elders. more

Old Crow

Old Crow poet and cartoonist Allan Benjamin caught himself when he said he carries a pen and paper in his pocket 24 hours a day. "Actually, it's pencil. A pen freezes." Not something you want to happen out on the Flats when inspiration strikes. more

Literature

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Issue: 2018-05-23, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

Harold Frost play fiddle for New Year’s dance. Some people came from Ft. McPherson with ski-doos. Everyone had fun at the Father Mouchet Ski Loppet. Rick Nielsen flew some of us out to Crow Flats. more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2018-05-16, CARTOON: Allan Benjamin

And on his farm he had a caribou. And on his farm he had a moose. And on his farm he had a rabbit. And on his farm he had a ptarmigan. more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2018-05-09, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

Chiitaii drin díinzhít – It’s a long day Chiitaii drin goo’aii – It is light outside Chiitaii yahkèe – It is dawn Et’ee sreendit nigwìizhit – It is spring time more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2018-04-25, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

I always bring my tent. I always bring my wood stove. I always bring my axe. I always bring my knife. more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2018-04-18, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

At the caribou calving grounds There’s only wildlife sounds. The water is clear an’ clean And the land is so pristine. more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2018-04-11, CARTOON: Allan Benjamin

Jidii Zraii – Black Jidii Dagaii - White Jidii Ditsik - Red Jidii Vee - Grey more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2018-03-28, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

We don’t pack water anymore. We don’t vote with our hands anymore. They don’t sign their names with an “X” anymore. We don’t buy from the Trading Post anymore. more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2018-03-14, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

We buy tea and coffee. We buy flour and sugar. We buy rice and oats. We buy beans and bacon. more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2018-02-28, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

Drin Gwiinzii – Good Day Chih Ahaa K’agwaadhat – God Yiinji’hidhoh’ee – Respect Yiinjigwichit’ee – Honour more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2018-02-14, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

I always bring my piano. I always bring my TV. I always bring my computer. I always bring my microwave. more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2018-01-31, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

Ke’ehdài’ Goginjik. Words of Yesterday. Juk drin gatr’igiikhii. Spoken today. more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2018-01-17, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

Aklavik adopted Albert Frost Inuvik adopted Winston Moses Ross River adopted Henry Nukon Fort Yukon adopted Diane Jonas more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2017-12-20, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

I finally found the words to say How long did you intend to stay. I know I’ve wondered now and then How close your love was to the end. more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2017-11-29, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

It can go in reverse. I don’t need insurance. It has a rear view camera. It has headlights. more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2017-11-22, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

I don’t know the word “slow” I only know the word “go” The runners were top notch An’ we raced against the watch. more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2017-11-08, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

At my camp I’m the doctor I’m the minister I’m the police I’m the carpenter more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2017-10-18, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

She came, she saw, we conquered Grandma’s name is Clara Frost She came, she saw, we conquered. We're proud to be her rangers. more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2017-10-04, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

Didoo’s Trunk That's where she kept her knife. That's where she kept her awl. That's where she kept her file. more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2017-09-27, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

Let’s All Learn Gwich’in With Allan Benjamin from Old Crow Gwich’in Expressions: Gwich’in Ginjik Native Language more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2017-09-20, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

Gwich’in Expressions: Gwich’in Ginjik Native Language Dinjii zhuh ginjik jihtth’ak I understand Native language more

Old Crow

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    Issue: 2015-12-24, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

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    Issue: 2015-12-17, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin