Welcome to the first The Alaska Teacher Field Trip!!!! Inspired by American Dresdner's adventures at the Semperoper and the Striezelmarkt , TAT decided to offer its own adventures (not pretending for a moment that TAT's adventures will be as glamorous and AD's; we here at TAT specialize in more "rustic" experiences). First up, the Shishmaref Tannery!
This past week was Inupiaq Days at Shishmaref School. We suspended our normal academic classes and taught traditional food preparation, arts, and dancing. Now, you may assume that as a white girl from Idaho I had little to offer Inupiaq Days, but you'd be WRONG. I was very involved thanks to the following saga:
Life in Shishmaref includes an endless stream of fundraising. Shishmaref School pretty much has a monopoly on anything we decide to sell (no Wal-Mart, no McDonald's, no Dollar Store, no Seven-Eleven, no competition...). This works out well for school organizations that want to earn money.