Yay! I get to go Teller, a new village for me! This one is drivable in the summer, with a dirt road and one-lane bridges connecting it to Nome. It’s about 70 miles Northeast from Nome. Located on a little spit of land that stretches North in a large bay inside Port Clarence. It is where I was going to go to the cultural fest, but then I ended up delivering a baby in the hospital.
I still can’t get over how much closer it is to Russia!
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It’s a really simple, pretty village! Small and connected but still maintains lots of traditions. They have great traditional dancing and story telling, subsistence lifestyle and old beliefs mixed with some modern beliefs.
I slept in the clinic, which is really nice! The pipes froze, so there is no drainage, which means honey buckets and washing everything into a bucket. Everyone was really kind and welcoming and fun to work with.
Maligiaq is a native Inuit Greenlander, famous for his phenomenal skills with traditional kayaking: http://www.maligiaq.com/about.html.