In 2022, Sandra Smith-Poling, a long time friend of Chugach and a major contributor to Nuuciq Spirit Camp (NSC), shared a collection of haiku poems that she had crafted about her experiences at NSC. Chugach’s Cultural Resources department worked with Sandra and Sally Ash, a fluent speaker of Sugt’stun, to create a publication for this collection that has both English and Sugt’stun translations. In addition, this collection of poems also displayed beautiful water-colors that Sandra had painted over the years, and that are each tied to individual haikus. The following links provide each poem in the book in audio format that can be listened to and enjoyed. Sally Ash first offers words and lines from the poems in English, and then offers the same words and lines in Sugt’stun.
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