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Didee & Didoo

Allan Benjamin Cartoonist

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: 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: 2019-01-30, 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: 2018-12-12, 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: 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

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Check out Allan's latest poem. 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: 2018-06-13, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

They won’t detect dry fish. They won’t detect duck soup. They won’t detect boiled muskrat. They won’t detect pemmican. Read more

Old Crow

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

Our ancestors made fish hooks. Our ancestors made fur boots. Our ancestors made paddles. Our ancestors made fur parkas. Read more

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