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!

img_2758I picked some willow green leaves for the first time – thanks to friends who share their wisdom>

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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

Merna Wharton “Nasek’taq” is Yup'ik from Akiacuaq (Akiachak) lives in Anchorage Alaska. Merna is an Alaska Native artist, poet, traditional and contemporary seamstress, carver, gatherer of greens and berries, and loves the outdoors of Alaska! Merna enjoys finding art in natural elements and shares her experiences through her website, nasektaq.com. Merna crafts to preserve her culture and art and shares her worldview from a remote village Yup’ik girl’s perspective with a glimpse of life in Alaska in her writing and poems. More information about her art can be found at https://www.rasmuson.org/49writers/artist-profile/merna-wharton/.