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Hip Hop, Bingo, Sushi and Roasted Chicken…OH MY!

What do Hip Hop, Bingo, Sushi and Roasted Chicken and good friends have in common?  At first glance, you might say that’s a random list of things that don’t relate at all…but this weekend they all played a role in helping me have a really FUN WEEKEND!  After last weekend of my 2 day self inflicted-pj-hibernation that had activities of tv watching, sleeping, knitting and reading…this weekend I was ready to get out and have some fun with friends.  It was a jammed packed day  and was packed with lots of fun social stuff.

Hip Hop: 

Blue Print for Life was in Pang last week doing workshops with the kids ages 10-13.  The really cool thing was that the older teens were young leaders for the week…and helped mentor the younger teens in the various activities.

“Blue Print For Life believes that people make changes in their lives based on the relationships they have with others and how they see themselves fitting into the world. We are dedicated to working creatively with youth around the world to empower them with a sense of control and hope in their lives.”

On Friday night, there was a hip-hop showcase to show the community their moves.  It was really an awesome show!  Here’s a shot of the dancers at the end of the performance.

It started off with a little bit of throat singing, and then beat-boxing… It was so cool-it made me wonder, how do people realize that they can make sounds like that? How does one discover that they are a talented beat-boxer? I suppose they just try. After they pulled up the Mayor and someone else to try their hand at DJing…which was pretty funny… (they were using a drum box thing, and ‘scratching’ records? (is that what it is called?)  There were 5 group performances where the youth leaders created routines for their groups to dance… pretty neat to see the kids dancing and having fun.  Then the 4 leaders from Blue Print for life danced to introduce themselves…which turned into a big hip-hop circle of random teens challenging each other in dance…and taking a turn showing off moves!  I took a few photos, but mainly watched below are some of the ones I took!

Clockwise starting at the top left photo: Making a pryamid in a group's dance, the Mayor tries his hand at 'scratching' records and then laughs at himself, and two beat-box performers...

Dancing up a storm at any age! Stephen (Buddha) Leafloor shows he still has moves...and can keep up with the teens on the floor!

My thanks to the youth of Pangnirtung for an awesome show… can’t wait to see their next performance!

Bingo:

After the show I headed over to Nic,Shannon and Baby S’s house..to get ready to play RADIO Bingo!  Radio Bingo is played at home, you pick up your game cards, head home…turn on the radio and play!  When you get a Bingo you call the radio…and then head down later to collect your prize. One of the daycares in town was having a ‘super’ bingo…as a fundraiser.  It cost $100 for 10 games of Bingo…there were prizes of $200, $300, $750 and the grand prize was $10,000!  It was super fun, but intense.  Radio Bingo is very SERIOUS business…. the pace was a bit faster than I’m use to.  Nic and I were madly crossing off numbers, Shannon was helping point out numbers we missed.  Baby S was laughing like a manaic- clearly already a Bingo Fan (or was it just because he was way over tired?) It was such a fun night! Especially with some of the random ‘bingo’ number jokes… “B9…yes, the tumour was B9.”

Sushi:

Saturday night brought more fun at my house.  I invited over a few friends to make sushi.  Making sushi was Number 7 on my List of 32 Things to do when I’m 32.  It was such a fun night, and making sushi was so much easier than I thought.

Some of the supplies… Markus and Delia lent me their sushi cookbook, “Perfect Sushi”.  I’m totally putting it on a list of things to get myself…such good sushi recipes AND pictures.

Markus was fishing for the day…and brought back FRESH Arctic Char for us to use in our rolls.

Mmmm fresh Arctic Char…. 

Mary and I cut up veggies… cucumber, red and orange peppers, shaved some carrot and cooked some egg (Sadly there were no avocados at the Northern or Coop!). I had cooked the rice-using the Sushi Cookbook instructions…(no photos of those parts!). Then it was time to start rolling… it took a little bit to get knack of making it happen.  But basically you add rice (leaving a strip at the top and bottom)…then layer up as much ‘insides’ as you want…make your own combos of veggies…and you can sprinkle some sesame seeds inside the roll before you roll it up!

It took me a bit to figure out how to use the matt to roll it all up… but after a few instructions, and watching the other ‘seasoned’ sushi rollers sitting around my table… I was off.  A photo of my FIRST sushi ROLL!

The sushi rolls started piling up…. then we cut them… and ended up with TWO plates stacked FULL of SUSHI!  Markus brought Miso Soup mix… which was an awesome addition to the meal.

I didn’t take a photo of dessert–but I made baked apples that Tara made for me when I was in Kug.  They were as good as I remembered! As for more sushi parties, I just need to get a few more ‘supplies’ so I can make some more.  Which might be an issue of trying to figure out how to get some more sushi rice, nori, miso soup mix up here in Nunavut.  I think I need to get a set of chop sticks, and small bowls to mix wasabi and soya sauce. Thanks Mary and Markus for teaching me how to make sushi… I hope you both had as much fun as I did! Number 7 on the list is DONE!

Roasted Chicken: 

If that wasn’t already a perfect evening… tonight I had cooked my first EVER roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, steamed carrots and canned corn.  Nic, Shannon and Baby S came over to help me eat it!  I didn’t take any photos..but it was incredibly yummy. Thanks for joining me for dinner–it’s nice to eat with someone once and awhile!

I suppose this is where I make a wee bit of confession…as much as I protest about being a ‘bad’ cook, and total disaster in the kitchen, soon I’m not going to be able to say these things about myself–I’m actually gaining some mad cooking skills.  But sometimes I don’t follow the instructions, and decide to walk on the wild side…and wing it!  This weekend that worked for me, but I must admit sometimes it doesn’t!

It’s all about Perspective!

Map on the floor at the airport in Yellowknife, NWT--can you figure out where Pangnirtung is?

I’ve been home about a week, and just needed some time to recharge.  Travel is awesome, but also can be extremely tiring. I will catch you up from photos from the end of my trip with my Gjoa Haven, Nunavut…and I have a heap of photos to catch up on the March Photo-a-Day-Challenge!

It’s hard to believe that March is almost done, time seems to be moving so fast but at the same time it seems to be moving along super slowly.  But I suppose that’s just the way life is.

I must admit I’m getting a wee bit tired of winter…a lot of my friends had this hit them in February.  But I suppose I like to always do things in my own timing…and it’s hit me at the end of March!  But good news the forecast is looking good for the next few days.

If you ever want to see what the weather is like up here…check out Environment Canada’s Weather Office

…I must admit seeing Facebook updates in the last few weeks about ‘spring’ has hit in southern Canada has hit me a bit hard.  But then there’s where you have to put life into perspective…SPRING has arrived in the north as well.  Here in Pangnirtung, our days are getting longer (sunrise today was at 5:47am and sunset was at 7:08pm)…it is warming up (no more temperatures that are in the -30Cs or below-might have just jinxed myself there!).  YES, we still have snow (probably will for at least another 2months or so)…but it’s nice that it’s warm enough now to get outside and do stuff in that snow.

March Photo A Day Challenge: Days 12-18

Day 12: Fork

Day 13: A Sign

 

Day 14: Clouds

Day 15: Car

Day 16: Sunglasses

Day 17: Green

Day 18: A Corner of Your Home

(well I’m travelling…so here’s a corner of one of the many hotel rooms I’ve stayed in!)

It’s been really fun doing this challenge while travelling! Hope you enjoyed the photos… if you’d like to see Days 1-5, Days 6-11 click on the respective links!

Dene Hand Games…

Today Daisy and I drove to Behchoko to see the finals of the Dene Hand Games.

“The Hand Games were played years ago as a form of gambling among friends and different groups. Often the games were played to gamble for bullets, furs, dogs, toboggans, or stick matches. Today, however, the Hand Game is played in cultural centres, community carnivals and other events all over the Dene country as a friendly competition fostering community pride. The Hand Game is based on a simple concept of hiding and guessing of objects using elaborate hand signals and gestures to both find the object and hide the object.” www.denegames.ca

I wasn’t really sure what I was going to experience…I really wished this morning I had done some googling to find out more about rules to the games.  But Daisy was able to tell me the basic rules…and then by watching I was able to learn a bit more.  Then when I got back to Yellowknife, I found this awesome video from Alex and Luke on their visit to the Hand Games last year!

Take some time to watch it… because it really captures the games with the amazing drumming the way photos just can’t!  Alex and Luke also explain the basic rules to the games in their video.

So here are some of my photos from the day… it was PACKED!  Daisy and I stood for almost 3 hours before we got places to sit… it was such an awesome experience, I feel so honoured to be able to have had this experience.

In the top photo you can see a game taking place… and the bottom one–setting up for the next match, the mats where players and drummers kneel!

Here are some shots of the players hiding their tokens! 

There are tons of spectators… from the young to the old!  Everyone was keen to see which teams would advance to the finals!

The drumming was amazing…it was hard to stand still…makes your body want to move! The little drummer in the photos…kept going up and getting a spare drum to play on, sometimes having it taken from him.  Usually this was when a player that had their token guessed wanted to drum to encourage the remaining players! But the little drummer would wait until he could get his hands on another drum!

It was so amazing to see different generations playing this game…how the teams were mixed, and the passion and excitement was so powerful! 

Just because I always like a little bit of B&W…here’s a few for you to see… 

It was such an awesome day…thanks again Daisy for taking me!  It’s an experience I will never forget…

Here are a few road signs from our trip back to Yellowknife… it was about an hour’s drive.  

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I arrived back in Yellowknife in time to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with my friend Daisy.  Thank you mum for sending the boa and tattoos!  My tattoo said “I’m Irish” (well I have the last name that qualifies…) and I gave Daisy a tattoo that said “Irish 4 the Day!”

It was fun to catch up with Daisy and James before heading out to the Gold Range…as Daisy calls it the “Strange” Range!  It was a fun night… first time dancing to a live country band! (not so much on the irish music).