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UPDATE Jan. 28, 2014 We have planned this trip again and are looking for paying participants to help defray the costs. With one month to go we have only 1 intrepid adventurer signed up. Regretfully one person will not cover the basic expenses of making this trip happen. So we are asking again for your kindness to help give these young Labradorians a chance to establish their own eco-cultural adventure business. You may want to read about the trip at our website at http://www.wanderbirdcruises.com/voyages-dogsled-expeditions.html#Wild and maybe you will want to join us or you may want to make a donation to help get this business started. Our goal is to involve as many young Inuks as we can afford to bring. They are a culturally rich people who are loosing their traditional ways. There are still some young people. like Omma , who want to preserve the skills and knowledge that are rapidly dissappearing forever. What better way to learn, retain and use the old skills than to take people out onto the land to live for a week as the Inuit have for centuries. Please help us to help them.
Last year: We had originally set up this campaign by asking for about half of the amount we felt that it might cost to accomplish this and to finance the remainder ourselves. Your kindness and generosity is phenominal! The donations have wonderfully continued to come in even after we reached our original goal and they continue to help ensure that Omma's dream will now become a reality. THANK YOU ALL.
Hi Everyone! My name is Karen Miles. I am fortunate enough to have been invited to join a dog sled expedition in Northern Labrador/Nunatsiavut. I am going to photograph and film this journey to help to document a vanishing way of life. Climate change affecting sea ice conditions and snowmobiles having all but replaced dogs have significantly impacted the traditional way of life for the Inuit. My work has taken me to the most wonderful places including Nunatsiavut and Labrador where I've had the opportunity to meet amazing and resilient people.
Three years ago Omma and his family gave me a beautiful husky pup and this experience has changed my life. I've always wanted to give back the same kindness and care. Some young people desire to practice and respect the old ways. One of them is Ommati. Those of you who have sailed with us in Labrador and visited Hebron know him as Julius Merkuratsuk. I have known Omma for 8 years as my husband and I visit his home in Nain, Labrador on our travels aboard our vessel Wanderbird (www.wanderbirdcruises.com).
Omma wants to live more in the old way, he loves dogs and knows how to run a team. So I am asking you kind friends for some asistance to help Omma join me on this amazing dogsled journey. We will travel over 1,000 km round trip. This request is NOT for myself but for Omma. We need to purchase air tickets for him to meet with us in Goose Bay Labrador and for misc expenses like lodging for him before and after the trip.
Our wish is to help a young Inuk discover an important part of his culture. We will continue to encourage him to one day have his own dog team.
It is Omma's dream to be able to offer (in the form of tourism) the experience of living off the land and traveling by dog team in Nunatsiavut. Please help us so that we can make this happen for 16 year old Ommati Merkuratsuk.
What We Need & What You Get
We would need a round trip air ticket for Omma from Nain to Goosebay and return $1200 We would need 5 nights of lodging in Goose Bay Prior to departure and after retiurn $690 and emergency snow mobile rental for backup and safety $3000 We would need food and some proper gear for Ommati $600. We would also like to bring some other young people on this expedition to help them to learn the skills of their ancestors.
In return for your donation we will ask Ommati to sign and date a hand carved and hand printed arctic themed card by Karen Miles.
THANK YOU for helping us to make this dream come true for Ommati Merkuratsuk.