Monday, October 11, 2010

Survival of the Warmest

Right now as I look out my window at work, I watch seals frolic in the ocean taunting the Natives who are allowed to be out there hunting them.

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Today my facebook message was this, "Anyone want to get me some Kasigiaq? Natchiq? I'll pay for gas." Which means basically, "who wants to kill me some seals!?"

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My husband, the great white hunter, is just that: White. He can't hunt seals for me, even though I cook them and eat them. And use their hide to make hats! :) So, I figured one of my uncles/cousins would do it for me!

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One of the most important things you can have when you're hunting Fall Seals is a survival suit. And Koy's class was able to practice first hand survival suit training 101.

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His science class headed out to the lagoon on a cold October morning with a volunteer who teaches Survival Suit Safety. (Sorry dude, I forgot your name, it was COLD out!)

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They suited up and headed out into the water, the freezing cold water that is. There, they splashed around and learned how to make a several types of "human chains" in case they capsized in the boat.

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I highly doubt that they'll be wearing their bright orange suits to go seal hunting, but at least the mechanism is there, and they have a choice right!? Caribou skin floats well, and insulates too.

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Happy Seal Hunting!

3 comments:

Matt, Kara, Hunter and Cavan said...

Classes like that should be mandatory! We have seen so many water deaths in the last eight years and I am sure all of those could have been prevented with lifejackets or survival suits of some form!

Anonymous said...

oy, there's legions of messages and heritage lessons in this post.

Non-Mommy said...

You seriously live the coolest life. Wow.

I love how your community/family come together so much. Refreshing to read.