Sitka Day 27: Southeast Alaskans
- Forest Service publications include bear safety practices that state: “Whenever a Tlingit person was to enter the woods where he knew bears were present, he announced out loud saying in Tlingit, ‘GRANDFATHER, (read bear) I am here to get my food, just like you, I am not here to bother you.'”
- Nobody thinks it’s creepy to invite you onto their boat. In fact, it’s standard and hospitable. (To landlubbers, an invitation onto a stranger’s boat feels–at least at first–not unlike an invitation to get into a stranger’s car.)
- You go to a dance party and most people are wearing XtraTufs as they boogy to “Ice, Ice, Baby.”
- At that same dance party, those who aren’t wearing XtraTufs are dressed as pirates.
- It is unwritten law that you don’t ask hunters where they get their deer, nor those in the fisheries industry where they score their halibut/sea cucumbers/king salmon, etc. In this part of the country, that’s sort of like asking a Wyoming cattle rancher how many head of cattle he has, which is sort of like asking a NY stock exchange broker how much he’s worth on any given day.
Finally, for those Sitkans who have been following The Writing Life this month (thank you!), please consider coming to my final public event: