Whitehorse, Yukon Alaska

15 05 2008

Here is an update on our route, since I know a lot of people are curious about our destinations. I will try to post them for a week in advance:

5/14-16 Whitehorse, Yukon, Alaska

5/16 Carcross, Yukon

5/17 Tagish Lake, Yukon

5/18 Teslin, Yukon

5/19 Swift River, Yukon

5/20-22 Laird First Nation (Watson Lake)

5/22 Routes Split One towards Alberta, Canada and the other towards Vancour, BC, Canada

We arrived on Monday, May 12, here in Whitehorse and received a very warm welcome from the community. Chief Eric Morris (Teslin Tlinglit) also came to great else. We received some beautiful songs from Lacy, Viola, and others. Elaine Shorty has been very helpful in making sure we are well taken care of. We are staying in a place called Council of Yukon First Nations. It is a very nice facility and lots of good work for the native people of Canada goes on here. We are being well taken care of by our host.

The few days will give a chance to rest our joints and muscles. We were also able to do some laundry, take showers and check out a few other sites. A few of the men were able to participate in a mens talking circle here in Whitehorse. Johnny Brass presented us with an eagle feather to be placed on the staff. We offered Raghu and Jacob of their circle some sage that was picked from San Diego.

We were also able to visit a great place called Sundog Retreat Carving Programs and met some incredible traditional carvers. Justin Smith, William Kane, and Vernon shared their work with us.

We were also given the opportunity to see some nurse practioners at the Kwanlin Dun Health Center (Kwalin – “Water running through small place” – Dun “people”).

Here\'s to your health 1st Nations

Another family presented us with a staff made of Diamond Willow and five eagle feathers to be placed on it. The runners were also invited to add to the staff.

We spent some time with some really good people here in Whitehorse and will be sad to leave, but we made some strong connections with the community and hope to keep the relations alive for a long time. We made the world a smaller place and the First Nations have come closer together.

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3 responses

15 05 2008
Amelia

Great pictures!! Happy to see that you finally got to use the jacket.

18 05 2008
Polly Hyslop

Love the photos. I like this website. Good to hear that you are all well. Hope you rest up. I will continue to read your journal.All the best. My prayers are with you. From Polly in Northway, Alaska

27 05 2008
slinky

hey!! abel have you gotten all my messages i went to your blog i went to the my space i seen all the cool pictures you were in i seen you when you were in alaska running. ok take care your sis.

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