The CorvidEYE

Honoring elders one drum beat at a time

Madison Roy-Mercer performs with the Naa Kahidi Dancers at a ceremony to honor elders. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo).On Saturday (11-18-14), over 70 elders were the guests of honor at a shared meal of herring eggs and venison stew at Sheet'ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi Community House.

Strength meets spirit at 5K Boys Run

Silas Demmert crosses the 5K finish line as Mandy Evans cheers him on. Demmert is part of SAFV's Boys Run program. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)On Saturday (11-15-14), the first class of Boys Run crossed the 5K finish line at Crescent Harbor shelter. The dual running and lifestyle program is designed to instill in young men a culture of respect and nonviolence.

A Veterans Day reflection

The Sitka National Cemetary on Veterans Day, 2014. (photo by Mike Hicks)Sitka's National Cemetery is older than Veterans Day itself. While the cemetery was established in the late 1800s, Veterans Day began as Armistice Day in 1919, marking the end of hostilities in WWI, "the war to end all wars."

A whale of a good time

From left, Kammie Daniels, Cara Brenton and Ted Howard perform Otis Redding's (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay. (photo by Mike Hicks)Sitkans and visitors alike packed the seats in Harrigan Centennial Hall on Friday night for the Maritime Grind, which accompanied this year's Whalefest. Kammie Daniels, Cara Brenton and Ted Howard rocked the house with their rendition of Otis Redding's (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay.

Sun and rain lead heritage parade

Sunny (l) and Rainy (r) McClenahan beat drums to herald the beginning of Heritage Month (Mike Hicks/KCAW photo)Rainy and Sunny, a brother and sister duo, beat drums while leading the "Honoring Our Elders" parade. The procession kicks off November celebrations for Native American Heritage Awareness Month. On Friday (10-31-14), President Barack Obama issued a proclamation to recognize the month, as American presidents have done since 1990.

Sitka Sound Science Center opens renovated doors

The Sitka Sound Science Center celebrated the newly renovated Sage Building on Saturday morning. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Sitka's Alaska Day celebrations got underway early Saturday morning (10-18-14) with a ribbon cutting at the Sitka Sound Science Center to celebrate the renovation of the center's Sage Building. The building has a new roof, new windows, and a newly repaired exterior -- the glass for the front doors arrived late Friday night, just in time to open them to the public on Saturday morning.

Let there be light

While it's not exactly Scorsese, it is history. Sitka municipal administrator Mark Gorman made a short video Thursday (10-2-14) as engineers spin up the #5 turbine in the new Blue Lake Powerhouse. For a brief time, #5 was contributing electricity to the Sitka grid. Ultimately, the three turbines will generate a combined 18 megawatts for the system -- by sometime in November, if all goes well.

Termination dust, in verse

Clarence Kramer Peak reflected in Beaver Lake. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)More so than any particular date on the calendar, natural events mark the seasons in Southeast Alaska. The arrival of herring in the spring, the first hummingbirds, the salmon run, flocks of Canada geese and swans headed south, and finally this lovely sugar-coating of snow called "termination dust."

Dancing for two decades

The Naa Kahidi dancers celebrated their 20th anniversary on Saturday (photo by Anne Brice)The Naa Kahidi Dancers performed at the Sheet'ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi on Saturday to celebrate the group's 20th anniversary. The Naa Kahidi Dancers were founded in 1994 by Chuck Miller, who began dancing when he was three years old, in the Sitka Native Education Program. "When I dance, when I put on my regalia, it feels like my ancestors are running through my veins," he said.

Bridge under troubled waters

The Indian River around 5 PM Saturday (9-6-14). Park staff closed the trail shortly after this picture was taken. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Ordinarily a quiet, clear stream, Sitka's Indian River became a frothy mocha after an all-day downpour dumped almost 3-and-a-half inches of rain in 12 hours. The river crested its banks around mid-day, putting one bridge in the Sitka National Historical Park completely under water.