May melt and sprout of greens

Just a quick hello, “WAQAA!”

I have decided to take a break from sewing until that urgency to make things tugs at me.  Its been good weather; rain and shine for greens to come up out of the cold and into summer.  I had a good taste of fireweed, beach greens, unknown greens that seemed eatable (still learning and breathing).  The other day, during my field work, I had seen blue berries blooming and some cranberry flowers just about to come out.  Growing up, we didn’t go to the tundra until the berries were ready.  Just a few years ago I have seen with my owns eyes the berry flowers except for the bush berries that grew in our area.  We were busy living at fish camp – cutting, drying and smoking the salmon.  My first awareness of fish camp was when I was just crawling out our canvas tent and I hear hammering of nails to a new house.  Fish camp is a memoriable place for me – its a time to be with family and prepare for winter food – its a beat of my heart that doesn’t go away!  I picked some wild rhubarbs with my mom – they are great for dessert – go pick some!

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I pray for you to have a safe and blessed salmon fishing.  Remember, bugs are small and you can smash them 🙂  Piurci!

Author: Nasek'taq

Yup'ik woman from Akiacuaq (Akiachak) Alaska, living in Fairbanks Alaska. Alaska Native Artist. I am a poet! I am a wife of an amazing man from South Lake Tahoe, CA and a mother of two children. I enjoy the outdoors in Alaska. I made a Yup'ik woman's traditional fancy parka, "Qaliq." I am in a process of working on a child size parka and other Yup'ik traditional clothing. I share wonderful things about Alaska, the arts and the outdoors.