I think of the children who will never know, intuitively, that a flower is a plant’s way of making love, or what silence sounds like, or that trees breathe out what we breathe in.
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Mattox Roesch and his wife sold their house in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and moved to a 340-square-foot home in Unalakleet, Alaska, in an attempt to simplify their lives. They have since learned that simplification is not for the lazy: “It’s a lot of work to catch and process enough fish for a year,” he explains. In addition to being a stay-at-home dad to his one-year-old daughter, Ayuu, he passes the long winters by skijoring (cross-country skiing while harnessed to dogs) and dog sledding.
Go-boy made a knife for his girlfriend. He called it an ulu, and I had never seen anything like it before. The ulu was an Eskimo fish-cutting knife. It was about the size and shape of the bill on a Lakers cap. When Go showed me how an ulu was used, he held its handle and carved up the air with card-dealing slashes. He said Eskimos never wasted any meat because of this knife.