Our first stop is the gallery to check out the art and watch guest artist Ohito Ashoona at work.
He is related to many famous Inuit artists and tells fascinating stories about himself and his family as he works – occasionally even stopping to identify the homes of his family in a published illustration.
Of course, I also enjoy watching him work because I am amazed by anyone who can coax a realistic creature from a block of stone.
But by now the morning has passed and it is time to wander around town and look for a little lunch.
On the recommendation of a friend, we end up at the Crooked Spoon.
I order the salad of duck confit, greens, bacon, blue cheese, and roasted black mission fig vinaigrette. It might be the best salad I have ever had.
Because we are a bit slow to get to lunch we end up being a little late to the throat singing demonstration that Lydia Etok and Nina Segalowitz are leading.
Throat singing is traditionally done by two women who face each other, arm in arm, one leading the other in the ancient songs. The song itself seems to generally end when one or the other of the women dissolves into laughter.
Lydia and Nina also explain their traditions and culture and talk about their own lives. They are smart and funny and there is a lot of laughter.