Questions: p. 19-23
- Discuss: What does brush people mean? What do we say here? Probably bush people.
- What does trahtrayll tsul mean? Crybaby in Gwich'in.
- Does the author speak her native language, Gwich'in? No or not very much.
- Why did Velma and her brothers and sisters love to visit Laura? She was an ageless soul who got along with people of every generation. She would knit socks, smoke cigarettes and tell stories.
- What were the tasks and activities in each season in Fort Yukon? Winter they would go to school, snare rabbits, go sledding and haul wood. In the spring they expected muskrat tails and beaver meat to feed the whole family. In the summer they would stay up late playing with neighbourhood friends. In the fall, they would do the same things as the previous year: father haul wood and kill moose, older brothers cut dried grass as bedding for sled dogs.
Activity 3 – Reflection and Journal Writing
- Describe the sensory perceptions of going to check the nets. What sights, sounds and smells did Velma experience?
- Write a journal page about your first memory of your community store.
Activity 4 – Discussion and Extended Activities
- Can you relate to this book? Did you have similar experiences of growing up in a small community?
- How are things different today?
- Draw Harry Caroll's house or Mary Thompson's house.
- Who is telling the story? Learners examine some stories, books, magazine articles, fables, legends, etc. and decide what point of view they are written in. They write down at least 3 examples for each point of view on Handout 3. Then they discuss what the point of view of Raising Ourselves is.
- Research Fort Yukon today. Check out this website for information on Fort Yukon. Look at the photos and information on the website. Does anything surprise you about Fort Yukon? http://www.alaskacommercial.com/Cities/FortYukon/FortYukon.html
- The author gives many dates in this chapter. Create a timeline of events as you read. Use Handout 3 for your timeline. For example:
- Early 1900s orphanage run by Episcopal church in Fort Yukon
- 1940s received generator in Fort Yukon (p.20)
- 1960, Velma was born