I managed to scrounge up a camera card reader (the technology in this school is actually ASTOUNDING) so I can write a little about my time here. It just didn’t seem right without photos.
First, some statistics from the state’s division of community and regional affairs website:
Golovin has 156 residents as of the 2010 census. The community is located 70 miles east of Nome on a point of land between Golovin Bay and Golovin Lagoon. It is an Inupiat Eskimo community, with an economy largely based on subsistence activities. Approximately 50% of the houses have plumbing. Sale and importation of alcohol are banned in the village.
And now some pictures:
On a clear day, it’s like walking around in one of David Rosenthal’s paintings:
Of course there was also last week’s storm and following flood:
The kids wasted no time putting the water to use once it froze.
Of course the real reason I’m here is to make art with the students. Here are some of young artists at work:
And last but not least, some of the panels in progress. Two are done, awaiting grout on Friday, and the other two will be finished by the end of the school day tomorrow! As my art historian friend Megan Smetzer said yesterday, “I’d hang that snowmachine on MY wall.” I have to agree. (Drawn by a first grader, by the way. . )
Two more working days here and then I fly out on Saturday. -40 in Fairbanks has me considering an extension! I’ll post the finished products once I’m back at home.