The snow was falling since I left my home in the morning. The
Huskies were tireless pulling my sleigh. Enough time for letting my thoughts
drift to the past month.
Since last summer vacations ended, I had to live in a boarding
school far away from my family. I wasn’t fond of that. I missed everything: My
easygoing life, hunting, fishing, my family and friends. But an excellent
education is in my dad’s conviction the best he could give me for my future
Most of the people think we are poor with uncomfortable living
conditions. But that’s not true. We we are feeling favoured having the
opportunity to live our lives in a rich natural environment. That’s no
contradiction! We are First Native Canadians. We belong to the tribe of the
Tlingit. We love our home country as much as you can ever think of. My father
educated me in all the traditional customs. Therefore I became quite a good
hunter and going for fishing was my favourite.
Today my greatest dream came true: My dad allowed me to empty
all his traps on his rented fur trail. Now all traps were emptied and I gave
loose reins to the dog’s team. After a while I woke up from my day dreaming. I
didn’t recognize this area. I haven’t been there before. Suddenly I saw smoke
in the air and heard some noise. Was there really a hut?
I knew that everywhere around in this area were Grizzly burrows.
This doesn’t worry me. My father taught me never to disturb a sleeping bear. I
didn’t want to wake one up. They were harmless as long as they are sleeping.
I was irritated by the sound of rock music, a shine of light and
the smoke I smelt. The most irritating thing was the place everything was
coming from: A Bear’s Burrow! I tied on my dogs and commanded them keeping calm
and silent while waiting.
Very cautiously I was creeping in the burrows direction.
“Yeah! You’ll like to send something? Hey what? ”
“Error ! Error! Mistake report! Attention!”“What the heck you
want me to do?”
“No! No! You are NOT allowed to send anything! NO!”
I heard the sound of a very angry and hard treated keyboard’s
keys. Unidentified grunting, laughter and quietly growling mixed with the sound
of ‘Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree’ sounded very strange to my ears.
“Oh God its Christmas….dubbidoo… oh the heck, I can’t remember
the words. But it doesn’t matter at all. I am on my own. I am allowed to sing
out loud being proud! I don’t disturb anybody, ‘cos everyone is sleeping. I am
so jealous! I am so tired, too. But someone has to do the job!”
“Blink! Blink! ERROR!!! ”
“Darn! I HATE this computer! Only critics! Never ever something
nice, like: Well done! Excellent solution! Well I won’t talk to you anymore in
the future! Computers are so silly! You can’t do anything by your own!”
I heard the very angry hammering on the keyboard. The sound of
the rocking Christmas songs was in the air. I was magical attracted and crawled
nearer and nearer. A small window! Very careful I wiped away the snow. I spied
Have you ever been shocked? I mean really shocked and amazed that
you became speechless? If so, you can imagine a bit how I was feeling. If not…!
Nobody could ever imagine what I
saw! It was incredible! Fascinating! Outrageous! This should be enough for
everybody! Guess who was sitting in front of a computer, humming Christmas
songs with low volume, while holding a cup of tea? A BEAR! A GRIZZLY being