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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: 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. more

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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. more

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Issue: 2017-09-06, CARTOON: Allan Benjamin

Our long time “Didee and Didoo” cartoonist and poet Allan Benjamin from Old Crow is excited to introduce his new Shoo’ii and Sheek’aii cartoons and poems. These new characters will appear in Gwich’in and English. Whenever you see Shoo’ii and... more

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Issue: 2017-05-31, CARTOON: Allan Benjamin

DON’T DRINK. DON’T DO DRUGS. DON’T SMOKE. DON’T CHEW SNUFF. more

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Issue: 2017-05-17, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

I HAVE TO HAVE THE BEST ORGANIC DIET. I HAVE TO HAVE THE BEST AND LIGHTEST EQUIPMENT. I HAVE TO BE KNOWLEDGEABLE ON TRAINING METHODS. I HAVE TO HAVE A COACH. more

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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

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Issue: 2017-03-22, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

WE ALL REMEMBERED BLOOMERS NOW THEY CALL US BABY BOOMERS. WE ALL USED TO BE NEW NOW WE’RE LIKE AN OLD SHOE. more

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Issue: 2017-03-15, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

MARTHA MOSES WAS MARRIED TO MOSES TIZYA. MARY RUFUS WAS MARRIED TO RUFUS NETRO. MARY PAUL WAS MARRIED TO PAUL BEN KASSI. MARY LAZARUS WAS MARRIED TO LAZARUS CHARLIE. more

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