Questions & Answers Wk 06

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Every week Team GoNorth! answers ten questions related to the module topic from student explorers -- so stay tuned and submit YOUR questions!

When we are researching information about something or someone we Google It!

We Google'd Ap and found the following sites with information about him. (here's a tip too: when Googling someone, put the name in quotes to get the most accurate results)


Princess Maxima unveils Uummannaq project by Ap Verheggern

We also know from our conversations with Ap that he is on Facebook.. look him up and Friend him!

How can we learn more information about Ap the Chat Expert from last week?

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Wk 6 Chat Expert Lana Hansen:

Now we can feel climate change. Its faster than we expect.


How has climate change affected your culture and traditions?

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Cres17 during the week 6 chat

Wk 6 Chat Expert Lana Hansen:

for you maybe not to me

Is the weather cold????

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cres30 during the week 6 chat

Wk 6 Chat Expert Lana Hansen:

The tundra flower.

What is your favorite flower on the ice cap?

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flambeau during the week 6 chat

Without a doubt, our favorite part of exploring is meeting new people, experiencing new cultures, and learning lots!

It is so cool to meet new people who live in a way that is completely different from us. It is fascinating to see how they live their lives!

And although everything is so different when we experience new people, their language, food, traditions, and everything else about their amazing culture, we realize that, despite all the differences, we are all really more alike than we sometimes realize. Some of us may live in a portable, round house made out of sealskin and some of us may live in the city and have never even been camping- but we all need food, shelter, hope, and love. So this helps us be even more tolerant, accepting, and welcoming of new people and experiences!

What is your favorite part of the trip?

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All of us at Team GoNorth! think it's very important to travel! Going to new places is unbelievably interesting, very rewarding, and creates memories that you will have for the rest of your life.

Seeing all kinds of new things, places, and people can also change your world. You might discover a new food you love, or learn about a place's history that is really fascinating to you. You might learn to see people who are different from you as people who would be really interesting to get to know, instead of avoiding them. So traveling makes you more open to trying new things, which makes you more tolerant!

Is it important to travel?

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Our longest expedition was in 2004 when we spent 6 months crossing Nunavut Canada!

The expedition was called Arctic Transect 2004

You can go to the 2004 website and learn all about it!

What is the longest expedition via sled dog?

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If we did, we still don't know we did it!

We do a lot of research before we travel. Even if we don't know the language of where we are going, we do know some basic dos and don't-s.

When we enter communities, we are there because we want to meet people and because we want to learn. With an open-mind and desire to learn, many things that would be considered a 'mistake' are forgiven. Making an effort and respecting your host culture goes a long way to build trust, no mater where you travel!

Have you ever gone against the local custom without knowing?

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We use Polar Huskies because it is the best way of transportation for what we set out to do.

We need to travel on the land to observe, explore and do field research. Traveling slowly on the land with the Polar Huskies visiting communities along the way lets us do just that!
One thing most people probably don't think that much about is that Polar Huskies have senses. That is very helpful and makes for safer travel. For example, when you are traveling by dog team - if you have a team of ten dogs, you have ten pairs or eyes and ears besides your own to explore the land. And nothing is safer than traveling down the ice on a river than if you have a good lead dog out front. They can hear the ice, and they can feel it through their paws - so they know if the ice is good travel and will let us know if they are uncomfortable so we can start checking to make sure it is safe travels. Or imagine a polar bear comes into camp while we are sleeping. Surrounded by the Polar Huskies though, no polar bear sneaks into camp - if someone senses a bear (they are good at that) they barks like crazy in a very certain way to let us know what is going on.

Why is it that you use dogs?

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Actually, none of the food that we will be taking with is 'frozen food.' Yes, it will all freeze out in the Arctic, but nothing is purchased frozen. Everything will either be cooked or warmed in our mouths.

Did you read the Week 3 Trail Report? There you will find information about the different foods we will be taking as well as how we had to pack it!

What kind of frozen food do you guys take for you to eat?

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