Wednesday, November 7, 2007


Shannon Gramse said...

Awesome blog.

Lawrence said...

I love reading the blog of my home town of Gambell.

This is a picture of a family in Gambell, Alaska. It was taken by Philip Reed between 1921 and 1928. Gambell is located on St. Lawrence Island, along with Savoonga. St. Lawrence Island is between Alaska and Russia, only a lot closer to Russia. The Siberian Yupik culture migrated to St. Lawrence Island from Russia. Some villages from Russia that share the same culture and language are Providenya and Chukotka.
At the time of this picture, Philip Reed was in the Illinois National Guard and was posted around Alaska. Some places were Noorvik, Iditarod, and Seward. He married his wife, Retta Reed, while in Noorvik. They traveled around Alaska while Philip was stationed and while Retta helped out as a nurse. This picture was taken while Philip was finishing his military service as an operator in charge, an officer, and a radio operator.
The Siberian Yupik culture consists of people in Russia, St. Lawrence Island, and those who have migrated to the mainland of Alaska.