After our second workshop in Inuvik, we headed straight out the ice road into the Arctic Circle, to Tukoyaktuk. The drive was gorgeous and we literally watched as the trees on the land got smaller and smaller, eventually disappearing altogether. They were replaced with these silly little hills called pingos, for which Tuk is famous. The road had helpful road signs at random points saying things like “Lousy Point” and “White Pingo.” Although awesome, the drive was long and by the end of it we were all getting a bit like cooped up wild animals. I was cuddled up in the back seat with FREAKING JUICEBOXES EVERYWHERE.
You wouldn’t think we could get lost in a town that has one main street, but we would prove you wrong. When we finally got into the town, it took us an hour to find our B&B, but once we finally did, we were happy campers.
The next morning we set up in the school and met our FOXY girls. Right off the bat I was struck by how polite and respectful these girls were. It was a really impressive group. In fact, we felt extremely welcomed by the entire school; they kept bringing in food and for lunch, they even fed us tacos.
During lunch, the girls pulled out a wet wooden board with a pokey stick. They told us it was a game they called “Nabuchek” and taught us how to play. Basically, you toss the stick in different ways (from your knuckles, from your wrist, elbow, shoulder, etc.) into the board, trying to get the pokey end (with a point like a nail) to stick into the wood. They made it look easy, but when Candice, Nancy, and I tried, we failed miserably and the girls laughed at our incompetence. It was a really neat cultural experience.
As we were packing up and heading out, the principal said to us “Not all of those girls smile often. But when they left this room, every single one had a grin on their face.” We had a blast, and we’re super glad they did too. ☺