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SELAWIK: Spring Camp Gets Kids Outdoors
Alaska Region, May 8, 2008
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Selawik students get outdoors to ice fish and enjoy the long days of spring. April 2008. Photo by Elise Kahl.
Selawik students get outdoors to ice fish and enjoy the long days of spring. April 2008. Photo by Elise Kahl. - Photo Credit: n/a

Children in the Iñupiaq village of Selawik celebrated spring with a busy week of Science-Culture Camp activities in late April.  Jigging sticks, ulus, needles, and drills replaced computers and books as students ice fished, plucked and cleaned ducks, beaded, sewed furs, carved ivory, made their own fishing tools, assembled survival kits, and listened to Eskimo stories.  Students spent the sunny afternoons outdoors on the river ice, hooking for sheefish and practicing their skills with a tuuq—a heavy iron rod with a sharpened tip for chipping ice holes by hand. Selawik Refuge staff participated in the activities by taking students outdoors to learn about GPS navigation, demonstrate survival techniques, and share scientific knowledge about local resources.  The camp, funded in part by a Challenge Cost-Share grant, was a cooperative effort by the Northwest Arctic Borough School District, Native Village of Selawik, and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.  Learning about science and Iñupiaq culture while spending time outdoors is definitely a winning combination!


Contact Info: Kristen Gilbert, 907-786-3391, Kristen_Gilbert@fws.gov



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