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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: 2018-12-12, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

When you see Allan Benjamin, If you could please mention to him, I’d like to hear him play again. Tell him to come our way again. Read more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2018-12-05, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

I know this man from Old Crow Who’s a kind and gentle soul. He was raised by his Didoo She taught him all that she knew. Read more

Old Crow

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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. Read 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... Read 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... Read 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. Read 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. Read more

Old Crow

Shortly after setting up camp in my adolescent bedroom, I learned about What’s Up Yukon. I emailed then-editor Darrell Hookey — with a couple of attachments demonstrating my writing prowess — and mentioned I was interested in “editorial work.” Read more

What's Up Yukon Columns

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. Read more

Literature

With not one, but two new editors now in harness at What's Up Yukon, our loyal readers may be wondering what that means and how their magazine might be changing. Read more

Yukon Business

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Issue: 2019-05-29, CARTOON: Allan Benjamin

You have to run. You have to snowshoe. You have to canoe. You have to speed walk. Read more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2019-05-22, CARTOON: Allan Benjamin

The Carcross sargent flew the torch to Old Crow An’ our job was to take it to Ft. McPherson. The torch will travel to every Ranger patrol To commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday. Read more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2019-05-08, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

His name is Dean An’ he’s not even a teen. He’s not even a man But he knows the land. Read more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2019-04-17, CARTOON: Allen Benjamin

They own the land. They own the water. They own the air. They own the trees. Read more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2019-03-20, CARTOON: Allan Benjamin

William Ch’itzee (Fort McPherson), ganaldaii (I remembered). Belle Herbert (Chalkyitsik), ganalydaii. Rev. James and Sarah Simon (Fort McPherson), ganaldaii. Special Constable Thomas Njootli (Aklavik), ganaldaii... Read more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2019-02-20, CARTOON: Allan Benjamin

Arctic Fox – ch’ich’yāa Bear – shoh Caribou – vadzaih Ducks – dats’an Read more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2019-01-30, CARTOON: Allan Benjamin

There’s nothing of him to touch And sometimes he talks too much. Sometimes I can hear my own voice An’ answering back is his own choice. Read more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2019-01-16, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

I didn’t need my snowshoes. I didn’t need my skis. I didn’t need my skates. I didn’t need my snowboard. Read more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2018-12-19, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

Merry Christmas to Ellen and Robert Bruce. Merry Christmas to Hannah and Joe Netro. Merry Christmas to Jessie and Charlie Thomas. Merry Christmas to Fanny and Charlie P. Charlie. Read more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2018-11-21, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

When I train, I tolerate pain. Sometimes I feel lazy And a bit crazy. Read more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2018-10-17, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

I won’t saw wood. I won’t go snowshoeing. I won’t go skiing. I won’t go running. Read more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2018-10-03, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

‘Cause I can use my bass fiddle for a canoe. ‘Cause I can use my fiddle for a paddle. ‘Cause I can use my fiddle strings for snares. ‘Cause I can use my fiddle bow for a cane. Read more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2018-09-26, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

Jesus Christ shat’in iindhan—Jesus loves me. Nichih gwanat’in—looking forward Nohjuu Ts’an—looking back Ohtsii Kwaa—Don’t waste. Read more

Old Crow

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

‘Cause I’ll save the psychiatrist. ‘Cause I’ll save the psychologist. ‘Cause I’ll save the professor. ‘Cause I’ll save the counselor. Read more

Old Crow

Didee and Didoo Cartoon - March 1, 2018

Alan Benjamin

Check out Allan's latest poem. Read more

Old Crow

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Allan Benjamin Old Crow Cartoonist

Shoo’ii and Sheek’aii cartoons and poems. These new characters will appear in Gwich’in and English. Whenever you see Shoo’ii and Sheek’all you can always be treated to a Gwich’in poem or Allan will simply have some vocabulary to share with you. Read more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2018-07-25, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

I like to see animals on all fours And I see their tracks outdoors. When I see animal tracks I know they’re lookin’ for snacks. Read more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2018-07-18, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

Sometimes I can’t think And I can’t write in ink. When my mind is not bright I have nothing to write. Read more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2018-07-04, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

’Cause I remembered William Chitze (Fort McPherson). ’Cause I remembered Belle Herbert (Chalkyitsik). ’Cause I remembered Rev. James & Sarah Simon (Fort McPherson). ’Cause I remembered S/CST Thomas NJootli (Aklavik). Read more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2018-06-20, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

Ch’ak’oh Zrii – January Aatr’aih Zrii – February Ch’izhìn Zrii – March Ch’ichee Zrii – April Read more

Old Crow

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    Allan Benjamin Old Crow Cartoonist

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

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