March 13th, 2008 by doug


March 6 109′ERS

March 6th, 2008 by doug

Thanks, Kyle for showing us your icebreaker
website. Its really enjoyable.  Giovanni 
thinks that the ship is huge!  We assume
he is correct. Thanks for the information 
about what to do when you fall into the ice 
water and about the polar bears.  Can you 
send any pictures of polar bears to us, 
if you have any?  Thanks for taking the time 
to answer some of our questions.  Are you a 
scientist because of the boat’s website, we infer it.  
What do you research?  Kevin would love to be a 
scientist just like you, if you are one. We see 
Doug on Friday we will tell him all about you 
writing us. Thanks again, The 109′ers!


Feb 27 Kyle

February 27th, 2008 by doug

Hi Kids.  My name is Kyle Kisoun Taylor.  I worked with Doug in Inuvik Northwest Territories.  I was the one that made sure that none of them froze and got them out when they got stuck. My Family has lived in Inuvik since the begining of the town.  My grandmother Bertha Allen is Gwichin and my Grandfather Victor Allan is Inuivaluit.  They both speak their native language. I will try to anwser some of your questions. What to do if you fall through the Ice? Well, if you fall through the ice you must stay calm and think that is the best way to get out of this. You must get your self out as quickly as possible because it is very cold. When you do get out if you can make it to someplace warm right away go there and get out of you wet clothes and into some dry ones right away. If there is not a warm cabin around and you have a change of clothes you must change into them as fast as you can because your clothes will freeze on you really fast and you will not be able to get them off then start a fire. After you are okay and warm again you must go back and mark the trail where you went through so that other people know that it is unsafe to travel there. I have gone through the ice in the spring.  Luckily I was close to my warm cabin so i was able to make it there to warm up. Every year someone going through the ice and drowns in the NWT.  It is very dangerouse unfortanatley most of the Deaths could have been avoided if people would have been prepared and did not take unnecessary risks. I have been lucky enough to see some polar bears when I was on an Ice breaker called the Amundsen ( Polar bears  do not like people very much so they try to avoid us when they can. Sometimes they will want to see what is going on and come in close for a better look but for the most part they avoid us. They mostly eat seals in the winter so they are far out on the sea ice where not to many people go, so we don’t see them much. 

FEB 27 109′ERS

February 27th, 2008 by doug

Hi Doug. We are glad you back. We had a good time doing this project with you. It was awesome when you came to visit. Thanks for the beautiful pictures. Speaking of beautiful, we also saw the eclipse. Jonathan, Elisabeta, Alyana, Ingrid, Matthew, Paulina, Giovanni, Manuela, and MR. Phipps and Ms Randolph saw it and loved it. It looked like a blood moon, kinda brownish red. Mr PHipps decided that the lunar eclipse was causing people to drive real weirdly!!! I agree. Of course, not me. Last Wednesday night, Ms R and Paulina, Ingrid, and Manuela, Mr Phipps, Ms. Kopta and parents were invited to the board meeting. The principals of the schools told us about the fieldtrips, and activities that we would have because our referendum passed. People got gifts if they helped out with the referendum. Then we had CAKE… suprise! Then we got to present our movies.We were kinda nervous. Ms R blabbed some first, then the girls presented speeches. We got up in front of the board and told them what we did in class and all about you, Doug. Then we showed our movies. Some of the people that were watching giggled over our movies because they loved it so much. Matthew says they loved it so much, they started to giggle! Hee hee…. Then we got applause which was very well deserved. 

FEB 22

February 22nd, 2008 by doug

Well 109′ers, this is will be my last post! I left Inuvik this morning and am now overnighting in Edmonton before returning home tomorrow! Here are a few last pictures.welcome-to-tuk.jpgThank you for your recent posts. I liked hearing about your legend of the clown-very creepy stuff!I’ve been reading a book called “People of the Deer” by Canadian author Farley Mowat. A terrific movie was based on his book called “Never Cry Wolf”. Anyway, he went and lived with the inland Inuit (Ihalmiut)and it turns out that the Inuit have some pretty creepy legends too, including Paija.”Paija is a she-devil with a single leg and she covers her body with her long black hair. Apparently if you look at her you die. There is a famous story of a man who was returning from his trap line. His family heard his dog team pull up to the igloo. As they waited for him to hitch up the team they heard him scream. This terrified everyone in the igloo because the only word he screamed was the name Paija.For several hours no one was brave enough to go outside. Eventually the brother of Jatu, who wore an amulet belt and was something of a shaman, took his spear and went out into the night. He found Jatu standing by his sled. He was frozen solid and the snow, which had been drifting steadily, was already up to his knees-and he was dead. When his brother looked into his frozen brother’s open eyes, he saw the image of Paija reflected there. Thus, this was as close as any man ever came to seeing Paija and living to tell the tale.”The Inuit also have some very beautiful creation stories too, which involve a woman fishing out every living animal from a hole in the ground. Also, according to their legends it was the wolf who unburied the sun in the back of a cave, thus illuminating the world so that he could hunt.Here is a picture of Kyle, who has been working with us and making sure we all come home safe and sound. I’m pretty sure he is part Inuit and part Gwichin. With any luck he might post for you guys, although he has been working very hard and is on his way to go snowboarding!This picture was taken on the 20th while we were photographing the ice road from up where you can only get by snowmobile. Later that night we were lucky to see a total eclipse of the moon!kyle-on-snowmobile.jpgBy the way, I liked hearing about your dogs and their names and funny stories. Charlie’s dog is named Tesla. She fancies herself a mighty hunter and has actually caught at least two birds in the back yard. Since we like birds we try not to let her sneak up on them.Muktuk, or whale, tasted to me like a bland fish dipped heavily in olive oil. It was pretty good but the people here LOVE this stuff. I think it is an aquired taste and right now if i had to choose between Muktuk and Anwaar’s stuffed grape leaves- well, it would be the grape leaves for me anyday but there are many people who would be glad and gobble up the Muktuk for themselves! The Muskox soup reminded me of a watery goulash because it had meat and macaroni. I think one of you guys are Polish? so you could maybe explain goulash. It was very tasty!I think you are very fortunate to have such a diverse group of kids in your class! And all of those languages!!!It was actually amazing that we only got the truck stuck once, as they don’t plow any roads around town. All of the roads are just hard packed snow in Tuk, so it’s difficult to tell what is a road and what isn’t. The non road areas have hard packed snow on top, but something as heavy as a truck is too heavy and so falls through into the powder and gets stuck.Here is another picture of Rob -this time getting a snowmbile stuck! I did this also and it took a lot of work to get it out!rob-stuck-again.jpgBy the way, in case anyone is feeling like Rob is a bad driver he really isn’t- he just had to drive a lot more than anyone else!Well- I guess that’s about everything! Kyle might be sending one last post. Tell Ms. Randolph to give me a call or e-mail to see if Charlie and I can schedule one more visit to your class?! It’s been really fun doing this project with you all and everyone on the crew loved hearing about the 109′ers and your awesome questions. Charlie really liked it too and thought it would be fun to bring you guys a little quickly thawing) Dougcanada-flag.gif

Feb 20 109′ERS

February 20th, 2008 by doug

One more thing… we have been thinking about foods we eat down here, in the South! :) Every Friday, at lunch we can order from the lunch ladies. We always get pizza on Fridays. Sometimes it is pizza sticks. We sometimes get fishsticks, but these are whitefish not beluga whale. What did your whale meat taste like? How about the Ox Tail soup? Velina is wondering is it hard to catch a beluga whale? When you catch them is it hard and based on luck? Do you need more than one person to catch beluga? IF it is really cold, how is easy for the boats to get the beluga if the water is always frozen. We infer that you must not catch the beluga this time of year. One of the foods that is traditional to Anwaar and her family here is stuffed grape leaves. They are delicious and she has shared them with us as a class before. Yummy stuff! Have a terrific day. 109′ers

FEB 20 109′ERS

February 20th, 2008 by doug

Dear Terry and Arctic Doug,Is it true that the strongest dogs go closest to the sled and then the fastest and then the lead dog. Barth wanted to let you know that he really likes the names of your dog. We have dogs in our families too. For example, Giovanni’s cousin has a dog named Teddy, Joceline’s is Skittles, Natalia’s is Mey Mii, Alyana’s is Bella, Velina’s is Bobby, and Paulina’s are Vicki, Lily, and Focus! JOnathan’s dog loves to chase and run! Careful when running inside- we hear there are poles! In the WInter Joceline lets her dog inside and when he went missing, they found him cozy on the coach where they didn’t expect him.Sledding is something we do here also. On the third day of 2008, Kevin went sledding and loved the big old bump!Thanks for your facts about dog sledding.

FEB 18 109′ERS

February 20th, 2008 by doug

We would like to share a legend with you from our town’s Middle School, Lincoln. Enjoy!It is about a clown who had just come from a carnival or circus. This was way before Lincoln School was built, but it happened on the land that we build on. There was a clown who had a circus locker and the story says that he hung himself from the hook in the locker or the beam in the locker. Anwaar, thinks this is kind of a “silly, stupid” legend. It seems to be missing details. Some of us think it is real, some of us think it is not. The legend says that if you go into the bathroom by yourself you can hear the clown laughing. It haunts the six grade floor that we are about to go into next year, if Ms Randolph lets us go :)Paulina and Jonathan were wondering how the truck got stuck in the snow if the road is mostly solid ice. How long were you stuck?We have to write back later.Thanks for the info.The 109′ers

FEB 20 109′ERS

February 20th, 2008 by doug

Hi Doug, Maureen, Chopper Chuck, James, Sam, Terry and all the folks of our adventure.We loved hearing about the new words. In our classsroom we speak a variety of different languages. Such as, Polish, Spanish, Bulgarian, Arabic, German, Albanian, and English. Our families have moved here from Mexico, Bulgaria, Poland, Palestine, and Alabania. Many of us fifth graders are the first kids in our families to go to American Schools. We have some words to share with you:Polish words:Thank you is “dzienkuje”Caribou is “sarna”Snow is “snieg”Spanish words”Thank you is “gracias”Deer is “venado”Bulgarian Words:Ice is “let”Arabic WOrds:Thank you is “schookrun” (obviously needing arabic type, but that is not available right now)In German, we say “Danke” for thank you.Some of us go to school on the weekend. Anwaar goes at night. It lasts about 3 hours and we go to Polish school, Bulgarian school, and Arabic school. Many of Spanish speakers use the language at home and take classes here after school.Get this, Doug and friends. Mrs. Risolvo is here with us this morning and she just got a big kick out of watching us. She says, there are all kinds of conversations going on while we think of words in many different languages. Its totally cool! She noticed that the kids trying out new langauges.


February 20th, 2008 by doug

Hi Everyone. Chopper Chuck sends a special HOWDY to Charlie and the rest of the 109′ers! He was excited to hear all about our project. He was glad you liked his hat. A woman made it for him and he liked it so much he had her make a bunch of them in case he ever looses them.Also, I asked Maureen your excellent question regarding the Inuit language. Actually, I learned that the people around here are called Inuvialuit. I think this might be because there are both Inuit and Gwichin ancestry. I’ll have to find out more about that. Anyway, Maureen is a teacher so I figured if anyone could give us the scoop she could- and she delivered!The language is called Inuvialuktun and, as you implied with your follow up question, it is an oral language.In the 1800’s the priests and missionaries who came here introduced a written version of the language. Actually two written versions were created; in this area they used the same alphabet that we use. In the Eastern Arctic they created a new alphabet called syllabics, which apparently looks like shapes and symbols. I’ll try to find a sign and take a picture for you.Here are a few Inuvialuktun words:ookpik (snowy owl)quanani (thank you)tuktu (caribou)tuk (place where the caribou cross)…and, speaking of priests and missions- check out one of the local churches from Tuktoyaktuk!church.jpggrace.jpgHere is a picture of Maureen’s Bed and Breakfast, where we stayed on this last trip to for now, quanani for listening, and I’ll leave you with Batboy and the Dark Hound!batboy-and-darkhound.jpg