Sunday, August 24, 2008

Sketches of Tanuu

I ran out of camera battery so you'll have to settle with my drawings of the village site at Tanuu.  Our guided tour of the village by Steve Yeltatzie was great.  Steve is obviously interested in and proud of his history and heritage.  It was fascinating to have him point out the decaying house posts and beams and explain the stories behind the scene.  This was a large, prosperous village until it was wiped out by smallpox.  It's a beautiful spot, gives me a real haunting feeling, like maybe some of those folks never left.  The ravens and eagles haven't.  Our last night on Kunga Island was particularly spectacular with an almost full moon illuminating the wispy clouds and one bright shining star (planet?) beaming right into my tent.  

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