Hello and welcome everyone, my name is Sean Warnick. Though I am not new to Dawson City, I am new to the Yukon School of Visual Art (SOVA). With being a new student to SOVA, I get to experience Dawson in a whole new way, i.e. getting up before noon!
We have started our regular school schedule, and we are all settling in pretty well I must say. The weekend before classes started, we as a group were privileged enough to experience some amazing day trips that I had not had the pleasure of doing before now (even though I’ve lived here on and off again for five years).
Friday September the 7th, we were honoured to take a personal tour of Moosehide, the spiritual retreat and sanctuary of the Tr’ondek Hwech’in First Nation of the Dawson area. We gathered at the cultural centre, and toured the amazing northern doll collection, then made our way to the dock to take a stunning yet freezing boat ride up the Yukon River to the little piece of paradise, known as Moosehide.
I have been to Moosehide twice before this trip but both times were for the Moosehide Gathering, and never had I had the pleasure of being there on a quiet Friday afternoon. Our day consisted of a walking tour guided by someone who had grown up there, and let us in on a lot of personal stories which made this trip much more intimate. We were treated to a homemade lunch and had time to get to know one an other.
The morning before school officially started, we had a field trip to the historic Dredge #4, and it was the fourth last tour ever. We had an amazing time with our very knowledgable and charasmatic tour guide. After enjoying the tour and a small film, I couldn’t help feeling sad that future generations won’t be able to enjoy this historic spot as we have been able to. In the last week, I have probably learned more about Dawson City than in the years I had been here before.
I am looking forward to forming strong bonds with fellow students and teachers alike, as we embark on this incredible journey together in one of the most special places on earth. Good luck to everyone this year, and I am very happy to be here.