Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Remembering Chris

My heart goes out to the Ahkinga family and to all those on Little Diomede Island. Chris died on a four-wheeler accident in Nome today. He was much loved on the island. He was well-known for his skill at making drums out of walrus stomachs. I most remember him for his commitment to preserving Eskimo dancing and singing, especially the songs of his ancestors on Diomede. He was a role model for my students on Diomede, most of whom were his cousins, nieces, or nephews. Please keep the Ahkinga family and all of the families on Diomede in your prayers.

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