Thought I'd do an update as its been a while. Things in Fort Good Hope have been going pretty good. I feel as though I have my class "in order": it is the fourth week of school, students are reading daily, listening to me and eachother (for the most part), and various routines and procedures are running smooth. I've been doing an art club after school on Tuesdays and already have several regulars. I'm excited to plan some larger projects with the kids as the year progresses... perhaps even a mural or two. Scott has been getting work each week so far at the school as a supply teacher, mostly in the high school end. He's also in line for a job at the band office but we don't know when that job will be beginning. With help from the vice principal he's also cut and stocked a far amount of wood for us which we hope should last into November when the winter road opens and we can lug some to our place using a skidoo. I've never had a woodstove before - it is absolutely wonderful to have a fire crackeling in the background, not to mention the heat! It fills a room like no furnace ever could. The sun is becoming more scarce at a quick rate (we loose about 20 minutes of sun every 3 days), the leaves are off the trees, we had some snow over the weekend!
I thought I'd share some pictures of the beautiful historic church that is here. It sits on the west end of town overlooking the Mackenzie, in the "old end" of what residents call the field (also pictured below). Its pretty cute from the outside - built and carved by hand - but it is the inside that is absolutely stunning. My pictures cannot do it justice. Apparently the Catholic priest who painted the place went on to the land and collected berries to create the paint he used for the borders and some of the murals that cover the walls and ceilings. To this day they have not been retouched - they remain extremely vibrant.
The sister gives Scott and I a tour.