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... to those who helped
Services were held for Leroy H. Martin and his son Frederick G. Martin on March 20, 2005, in Angoon. Words cannot express our appreciation for the outpouring of love, support and prayers that literally came from around the world to the grief stricken villages of Kake and Angoon.
Thank you Alaska Marine Highway for spotting Freddie and immediately contacting the Coast Guard, who also located and recovered Leroy. Our appreciation to everyone who participated in the search without hesitation in spite of cold and rough seas.
Numerous friends and family traveled to Angoon to lend support. May God bless you. It was indeed a labor of love above and beyond my ability that so many helped to ensure that my loved ones were laid to rest with respect and honor. I could not have done it on my own.
To the best of my recollection, support includes Kake Search and Rescue, Kake Tribal, Kake air search and rescue, Kake family and friends, Sitka McDonald's, Sitka Tribe of Alaska, Sitka family and friends, Prewitts funeral home, Sitka Sentinal, Angoon Community Association, Angoon ANB/ANS, Angoon Kootznoowoo Inc., Angoon Presbyterian Church, Salvation Army, Angoon family and friends, those who provided housing in Angoon for out of town visitors, and Pastor Steve, Joe and Tracy and Juneau's Chapel by the Lake.
God bless the diggers who worked tirelessly, the box builders, pallbearers and flower girls who stood by ready and waiting to do whatever needed to be done. Thank you to our young chiefs who came to speak at the grave site.
A moment of silence was observed by the Alaska State Regional Basketball tournament, the Juneau Gold Medal tournament, cousin Thomas Jack on a nuclear submarine and cousins Paul Demmert, Aaron Howard and Adrian Shotridge in Iraq.
I am overwhelmed at the support. I can never thank you enough. Your love, prayers and support have sustained me. Gunal'cheesh! Gunal'cheesh!
The Martin family
The Jack Family
... for great theater
Growing up in Kodiak, I always looked forward to my local arts council's spring musical production. Now I find myself here in Juneau, working as a staffer in the state Capitol for the legislative session. Upon hearing about the Perseverance Theatre's current musical production, "The Long Season," I purchased my ticket, grateful for some entertainment over the Easter break.
There is a wealth of talent that breathes life into this show. While I could go on and on about the direction, sound, acting, singing, dancing and score, what really stands out is the subject matter. This play focuses on the dreams, desires, loneliness, hardships and small triumphs of the Alaskeros, Filipino cannery workers of the early 1900s. There is a saying that goes, "Remembering the past gives power to the present." Everyone has a story to tell. It's empowering. It gives sense of belonging. What is so powerful about this production is that it tells a very universal story of love, longing and loss with an almost all-Filipino cast, set in 1928, a time when Filipino workers in Alaska went from approximately 1,000 in 1921 to 4,200 in 1930.
During intermission, an elderly Pinoy commented to me, "You know, this is good that so many people are seeing what our Filipino pioneers went through. Sometimes people forget." Prompted by the "Ten Cents a Dance" scene in Act I, he told me he remembered buying tickets at a dance hall as a young man. "The Long Season" extends the kind of dialogue we can have between past and present and provides a vehicle to explore who we are and how we make a place a home.
Even though musicals aren't everyone's cup of tea, a production with this magnitude of talent, an original work set in a historic time of a burgeoning Filipino population in Alaska, is just too important to miss. The music is excellent and if you have any kind of a heart you will laugh, cry, pity and cheer on the characters you meet. Ask your friends to join you for the show, talk to your neighbors about it and go. Go be part of experiencing this unique Alaskan story.
Christine R. Marasigan