Friday, October 25, 2013
the ice cometh...
on another positive note....the island previously known as Rat Island is rat free and many bird species have been noted to be returning. the island was rid of rats 5 years ago and is now considered clean. the rats got there probably due to a boat grounding and the rats on board escaping. they decimated the bird population on the island. the island has been renamed Hawadax Island, an old native name for the island. the original ship wreck happened in the late 1700's and the island had over 10,000 rats on it by the time it was decided to kill them all. you have to get them all as they breed super fast and would have re-populated the place in no time. rats do not naturally exist in alaska so any that are here were brought here, usually by boat.
in the states one would never assume and take a kid away from any family because it doesn't look like the parents. they'd be taking a lot of kids away if that were the case. children often don't look like their parents here. so as the days go on it does seem an odd story really.
having worked with alaska natives it seems that in that culture, babies are routinely given over to other relatives to be raised. perhaps this is also a more common thing to have happen in roma families. it's always seemed an odd thing to me, but different cultures go about things differently. it probably dates back many generations ago and as a community of people this just assured that all children born were taken care of. the alaska natives were nomadic such as the roma's at one point.