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SELAWIK:Science-Culture Camp Celebrates 10th Year
Alaska Region, September 18, 2012
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The Science-Culture Camp is located in a beautiful tundra area northeast of Selawik village.
The Science-Culture Camp is located in a beautiful tundra area northeast of Selawik village. - Photo Credit: Susan Georgette
Berry picking is a favorite activity at the camp. Here Selawik girls comb the tundra for cranberries.
Berry picking is a favorite activity at the camp. Here Selawik girls comb the tundra for cranberries. - Photo Credit: Susan Georgette
Camp participants this day included 1st-3rd graders, high school students, elders, community members, teachers, and Refuge staff.
Camp participants this day included 1st-3rd graders, high school students, elders, community members, teachers, and Refuge staff. - Photo Credit: Nichole Hanshaw

Selawik youth recently took a break from classroom instruction to practice traditional skills and explore the outdoors at the Selawik Science-Culture Camp.

 

Now in its 10th year, the camp is a partnership between the Native Village of Selawik, the Northwest Arctic Borough School District, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Additional funding was provided by NANA and the Northwest Arctic Borough.

Located northeast of Selawik, the camp is reached by a 15-minute boat ride. Students in grades 1-12 participated during the six days of activities.

With the help of elders and community members, students checked nets, scaled and cut whitefish and pike, hunted and butchered caribou, picked berries, split firewood, and learned to make ittukpalak (a whipped dessert of whitefish eggs, cranberries, and sugar). Refuge staff dissected fish with students, showed them how to collect aquatic insects, and let them loose on nature photo scavenger hunts.

Each day 40-75 students and 15-18 adults participated in the camp. Cooks created delicious traditional lunches daily featuring caribou, fish, seal oil, and pilot crackers.

A potluck took place at the conclusion of the camp to share the student’s harvest with the community.

“This was another great year for the Science-Culture Camp,” said Clyde Ramoth, camp coordinator, “thanks to all the teamwork of everyone involved!”


Contact Info: Susan Georgette, 907-442-3799 ext 16, susan_georgette@fws.gov



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