Had a great visit with Cynthia Erickson in Tanana this fall, reporting
this story, about the village trying to heal after two Alaska State Troopers where shot there last spring. Here are some snapshots I took during my visit.
Flying into Tanana.
My friend Cynthia Erickson, 4-H leader in Tanana.
A boater on the Yukon
Tanana’s Catholic church
Buoy, nets, snow machine belt
Drying fish outside a smokehouse
Boys headed out to hunt “chickens” or spruce hens
The Episcopal Mission
James Roberts’ fish camp.
Fish camp, dog yard
“The recipe for my fish is sunshine, wind and smoke,” James Roberts told me
James Roberts weighing out fish
Drying fish on the beach
The Tanana teen center
Written on the door of the Teen Center
Barge stopping in.
Me, Yukon woman….
Sabie Jervsjo in her fish-cutting sweatshirt headed out to check the fishwheel
Tanana from the river
Village girls and cell phones
Cynthia’s cousin Sabie Jervsjo sewing a mink fur hat
Catholic church just after sunset
Pictures of slain troopers displayed in the gym.
Some of the youngest 4-H kids holding signs during the village healing ceremony. (Katie Orlinksy, photographer, hard at work)
4-H Kids lighting lanterns
Tanana 4-H kids letting go of lanterns to honor the wives and children of troopers shot in the village
Rainbow over town.