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Teaching above the Arctic Circle makes Port Townsend woman humble

Teaching above the Arctic Circle makes Port Townsend woman humble | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

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Socks on the doorknobs prevent your hand from freezing to the metal.

Locking your front door isn’t a good idea.

Raw seal intestines are tastier than whale.

Coping with extreme cold and swallowing seal innards are some of the things that Katie Campbell, a 2006 Port Townsend High School graduate, has learned to take in stride in her first year of teaching special education in Kivalina, Alaska, a coastal village on a barrier reef 127 miles above the Arctic Circle.

She’s also learned that Inupiat people speak with their faces — raising the eyebrows means yes, scrunching up the face means no.

“I don’t think any of my students has said ‘yes’ or ‘no’ out loud since school started,” said Campbell, 23.

Campbell left Port Townsend in August for the isolated village.

When she accepted the job, people said she was crazy, but Campbell has thrived on the Arctic adventure, embracing a different culture and climate with open arms.

“Every day is something new, something I haven’t witnessed before,” she said in an interview in Port Townsend.

When she arrived in Kivalina four months ago, there were 17 hours of daylight each day.

When she left Dec. 17, there were six minutes.

She has experienced temperatures of 40 below zero, scraped snowdrifts off the windows so she could see out of the house and survived a storm with 100-plus-mph winds that blew waves over the narrow reef and the village airstrip.

Kivalina is one of the coast villages whose existence is threatened by global warming, she explained. In the past, an ice wall formed high enough to block waves from engulfing the reef.

Living in a village that clings to survival has taught her what’s important and what you can live without, Campbell said.

“I’ve learned to be humble,” she said.

“We’re so spoiled in the lower 48 states.”

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Campbell posts photos and entries on her blog st

http://katie2ak.tumblr.com/

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U of T to bestow honorary degrees to 16 individuals #Inuk #singer #songwriter @Susan Aglukark among honorees

U of T to bestow honorary degrees to 16 individuals #Inuk #singer #songwriter @Susan Aglukark among honorees | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Inuk singer, evolutionary biologist, human rights lawyer among honorees
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Spellbinding Arctic short film programme tours Scotland

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Highlight Arctic from @highlightarts, a multi-arts programme of events from & about the circumpolar North > https://t.co/YUWKSJKU2x https://t.co/Vd54tQRXqg
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Children books by Inuit illustrator Nunga Echaloo, Nunavik Publications – Publications Nunavik

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Nanuq Lodge in Rankin Inlet overlooking John's dog yard....one of my favourite places I've visited in #Nunavut Tweet from @eanoee

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Russia's St. Petersburg ready to become center for managing Arctic regions — authorities

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An envoy believes there should be a center managing the entire Arctic region
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Icelandic President wears mismatched socks in support of Down's awareness

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President Guðni Th. Jóhannnesson is doing his part in supporting World Down Syndrome Day which is today. People across the globe, President Jóhannesson among them, are wearing mismatched socks to show support for diversity.
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Five Northern Circumpolar Constellations!

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Hey, Sky Fans! The other day we talked about circumpolar things. So, here are five constellations that are circumpolar for mid-northern latitudes. Figure around 40 degrees north latitude (Chicago, New York, Madrid, Istanbul, Beijing): Ursa Minor, the little bear Cassiopeia, the queen Draco, the dragon Camelopardalis, the giraffe Cephus, the king Clear skies, everyone!
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Hauntingly Beautiful Views of the Arctic Melting

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I hope that with visual documentation my work will demonstrate to the public that climate change is real, and that we need to encourage policies that address the issue of global warming before it is too late" - �: Diane Tuft Hauntingly Beautiful Views of the Arctic Melting A cache of new images reveals photographer…
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Nunavut (Our Land): Eps 8-10

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State Of The Arctic Fraud Report | The Deplorable Climate Science Blog

RT @SteveSGoddard: Thanks, but global warming is definitely not an issue.
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Man Made Arctic Sea Ice Loss | The Deplorable Climate Science Blog

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Transformative images from the Arctic - Knox VillageSoup

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Peter Ralston will speak Tuesday, April 11, at 7 p.m. at Camden Public Library as part of Maritime Month 2017. He will share his observations and photographs from a trip last summer to the hear
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#Instagram Douglas Penman (@_dpenman) on Instagram: “Just about to leave #Reykjavík and start taking proper #photographs. #Iceland”

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Nunavut language app brings Inuit language to life for pre-schoolers

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A new app invites children to play with Inuktitut syllabics, learning their shapes and sounds and Uqausiit Pinnguarutiit, or 'playing with words' has already proven a hit.
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Soldiers battle extreme Arctic conditions during Deadhorse training mission | KTVA 11

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Judge questions how Nunavut handles traditional adoptions after baby returned

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A Nunavut judge is pointing out problems with how the territory handles traditional Inuit adoptions after a mother lost custody of her daughter without her consent.
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The Giant Bear – Taqqut Productions

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RT @AEDerocher: When Inuit talk of "giant #polarbears" these are "nanurluk" - really big! https://t.co/oPwS2zY1Hu Weasel & badger bears are…
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Russia's Arctic militarization is no threat

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Russia is not looking to carve up the circumpolar North and the region is not in the midst of an arms race.
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The Sea Ice Never Stops. Circumpolar Inuit Reflections on Sea Ice Use and Shipping in Inuit Nunaat.

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In this report, #Inuit hunters talk about the impact of reduced sea ice in the #Arctic: https://t.co/nizTNDX0OL https://t.co/XrZfs02TzJ
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There's three California's-worth of ice missing from the Arctic this year

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It's the end of the Arctic winter and there's less sea ice than ever before—ice the size of three Californias is missing. The Arctic is a big sea surrounded by land: Russia on one side and Canada, the US and Greenland on the other. In summer, in the middle of June, the sun stays pretty muc
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Photos: Spring auroras glimmer across Canada's North

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In honour of the territories (which take just a little longer to see spring temperatures arrive) here are five photos that show northern Canada's auroras in full-glow.
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Tweet from @SlashLaCash

My grandparents' homeland before being relocated to the High Arctic in the 1950's #canadianhistory #puiguqtailita #iqqaumavugut #nunavik https://t.co/DgHRT1I0cK
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Inuksuit - the stone figures of the circumpolar world

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<p>Inuksuit: the stone figures of the circumpolar world, created by humans in the vast Arctic landscape, now a rock art symbol of the Inuit and their homeland.</p>
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Servio LuxuryTransport Iceland

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Finally we meet our friends Helo - Helicopter Service of Iceland #servio #helo #luxury #setratopclass #vidgelmir #luxurycoach
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Ancient Nunavut Inuk rises again to teach us about the past

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