Off for the frozen northland...

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by mom'sfolly, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. mom'sfolly

    mom'sfolly Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm heading to Alaska tomorrow with the family. It is time for my, ummm, 30th high school reunion. It will also be the first time I've been back for awhile. I'm looking forward to cooler, wetter weather.
     
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    mom'sfolly :

    I'm heading to Alaska tomorrow with the family. It is time for my, ummm, 30th high school reunion. It will also be the first time I've been back for awhile. I'm looking forward to cooler, wetter weather.



    I'm pretty sure I've asked you this before, but my memory is faulty.

    cooler wetter makes me think SE Alaska. Where? Haines?

    Imp's from Ketchikan​
     
  3. mom'sfolly

    mom'sfolly Overrun With Chickens

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    Mostly grew up in Haines. I moved to the big city of Juneau mid way through highschool. Of my facebook friends two are from Juneau, bunches are from Haines. But most of them I knew from before kindergarten. I hated Juneau when I first moved there. It was too big, too wet, too busy and it wasn't home. This is the Juneau reunion, but I'm going to Haines too. My family is still in Juneau.

    Ketchikan is some way wet weather!

    I think I might also still be afraid of Kushtaka.
     
  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I got it right. Maybe my feeble memory isn't so bad.

    Oh yeah watch out for Kushtaka. Did I mention that I knew someone whose family was involved in killing a Kushtaka, way back in the 50s. Creepy!

    I spent some time in Juneau, I remember having sourdough bread and russian tea with Judge Wickersham's grandniece.

    I walked into the Red Dog just to see what it looked like. I was a teen.

    And walking to the Matanuska Glacier.

    Camped at Eagle River as a boy scout. Please don't tell anyone on BYC that I was a boy scout. Reputation and all that you know.

    Have a mildly funny story about Haines, but not family friendly.

    Imp
     
  5. mom'sfolly

    mom'sfolly Overrun With Chickens

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    PM me the Haines story, but I might not see it until I get home.

    When I was about 10, my pastor's son and daughter-in-law say they saw a Kushtaka near their home at 5 Mile. It was talked about all over town. My school was about 1/4 Tlinget, and some of my first friends were Native. Whistles near the water scared me; now I think they were just varied thrushes that I heard. When I was a kid, I knew they were not birds!!!!

    Impy was a boy scout!

    Impy was a boy scout!

    Impy was a boy scout!








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    I went to girl scout camp at Eagle River
    and I had a pastor
     
  6. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Have fun! And take lots of pics!! [​IMG]
     
  7. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    We'll have to post our Kushtaka stories. They are probably very different. Never heard anything about whistles. Might be worthy of a new thread. Let's talk after your trip.

    Have fun.

    It's late so I will follow up tomorrow

    Talk at ya later

    Impy scout
     
  8. perolane

    perolane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have a safe trip & lots of fun mom'sfolly! [​IMG]

    Now, what the heck is a Kushtaka????? [​IMG]
     
  9. sfw2

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    And Impy was a boy scout???

    Actually, that does not surprise me.
     
  10. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

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    And Impy was a boy scout???

    Actually, that does not surprise me.

    Kushtaka is a shape shifting creature of South East Alaska (the panhandle); from the Tlingit and Tsimshian tribes. The stories vary, but revolve around their natural form being a land/river otter, but able to turn into a human. Usually considered evil, they lure people to water to drown, rip them apart, steal/eat their souls, or turn them into kushtakas. I have also heard that they would impersonate people, move in with them to up their body count secretively. Or turn people into kushtakas and send them home to kill family, friends etc.
    As a kid in Alaska, I remember that very few people would talk about them, as it was very bad to do so and would attract them. Although Native Alaskan in origin, there were plenty of other people who believed too.

    Imp
     

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