Just a girl…… In the Arctic Cirle

 

Have you ever read or heard the word “Eskimo” and automatically think “Igloo”?  The first question that I’m asked when people find out that I’m an Eskimo  is “do you live in igloos?”  The answer…. no.  Once about 15 years ago I was in Puerto Rico (I have black hair and everyone there assumed I could understand Spanish when it was spoken to me) I told the employee in the place that I was at I don’t speak Spanish, he asked “so what are you?”.  Eskimo, I said I was an Eskimo.  His response surprised me, he half shouted “Eskimos aren’t real!!” in disbelief.  This was my first experience meeting someone who thought I was a mythical person.  I wasn’t offended as much as I was unnerved at his response,  I too am human.

I do however, live 33 miles above the Arctic Circle in Northwest Alaska.  As I write this post, the temperature is -22 degrees below zero, with a wind chill of -49.  I love that my 1st grader doesn’t think anything of this weather, because it’s all he knows.  It’s all I knew growing up here.  I am proud of who I am, this blog is meant to give a little insight to a modern day eskimo woman.

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10 thoughts on “Just a girl…… In the Arctic Cirle

  1. What an interesting life you lead. I loved Alaska when we visited and the Eskimo culture. Although I have not been as far north as you are located. I look forward to reading more:)

    1. – Thank you!! I love being from here. Sometimes it’s too cold and other times it’s perfect!

    1. – Thank you, we are all people, rich or poor, different color, different jobs, moms or dads. We are all just different!

    1. – The summers are great too! One of my favorite things is that the sun doesn’t set for a few weeks here in the Arctic, which is awesome to get a lot done, but when you have small kids their excuse for not wanting to to hit the hay at bedtime is “but it’s not dark yet.” On the flip side, it also doesn’t get fully light during the winter for about the same amount of time. In December, we have light but it’s not full daylight. =)

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