About this site — Cama-i (welcome)

A basic premise of good science–

Just as people must share seal meat and oil to maintain physical and social well-being, so, too, must they share knowledge–so that their minds will not rot.

Alaska compared to the 48 map

A forum for those in the Unorganized Borough to get the information they need but don’t receive from their governments and other institutions; because if not us, who?

When communities ask their own questions, have their own data, and their own collation, analysis, and interpretation of others’ data they will
* understand the disease and health trends of their communities;
* be able to predict the health trends and prepare for appropriate action for the communities;
* portray the total health and environment program requirements of the tribal communities to other communities, organizations, and Congress;
* allocate scarce resources for their own protection in the most productive manner;
* participate fully in the development of information systems, useful to other rural communities;
* enable tribal leadership to effectively communicate environmental and health concerns to their respective communities;
* enable the communities to choose wisely among various outside offers of technical and scientific help; to control the quality of the data, research, analysis, and products from outside contractors, consultants, and agencies; and to oversee and coordinate the efforts of BIA and IHS executed on behalf of tribal communities.

March 2006
I’ve had a few people ask about research assistance, sort of tutoring, in their studies on environment, health, social and cultural sciences. This may be of interest to a wider group of folks, so I set up this non-commercial blog as an experiment.

The site is focussed on the bird flu at the moment, because people are asking questions. A little over 10 years ago we had a “mystery illness” which killed healthy people ( hantavirus *) in New Mexico. We in the Pueblos couldn’t wait for IHS or CDC to figure out what the disease was and how to protect ourselves, if only from our own panic. We pooled our existing knowledge and expertise which helped our communities in their planning. [Sometimes it takes awhile for institutions to catch up with their constituents.]

This is a world-wide web, Internet accessible site. That is, a publicly accessible site. You don’t have to register or get a free account to ask questions. I’m not a salesperson or paid anything.

I’m just one person, at the moment, so please don’t expect too much. I also do not speak or read Yup’ik but I hope someone is willing to help out. Perhaps someone in the Villages can also help. The more of us who can work together, the better we can help each other.

For information about my background, see this page About me

A quick index to the types of information at this site is

Please leave your questions in the comment box under the

or the page

To ask questions or to answer questions or leave comments or share information, you do not have to have an E-mail address nor are you required to leave your E-mail address, unless you want the software to E-mail you when there is another comment. [Unfortunately, the restrictions of the software may move the comment box from one location to the other. If you need to communicate by E-mail, use this address — ykalaska AT gmail DOT com Be sure to correct the address before emailing. I have to disguise the address so that it will be less likely for the spammers to find me.] You may use the postal system to ask questions,
MP Bumsted, Ph.D.
Human Biologist
PO Box 1951
Bethel, AK 99559-1951

I’ll then rearrange questions on this site (and get to them to answer, too.) This acts as a work-around for people to ask initial questions without having to sign up for their own, free edublogs.org or wordpress.com account. As the topics are posted, anyone can then contribute by commenting on those posts.

It may not be a useful format; but experimenting is the purpose.

Would you like to keep up with the latest entries by e-mail instead of your browser or feed reader? Subscribe through these links below. These e-mails are sent out once a day, if there is anything new.

2007-04-22 This page has been

The following is a general locator to information in the sidebar. [Unfortunately, if you are using the Microsoft Internet Explorer browser the sidebar is way at the bottom.]

1 Quicklinks
telephone hotlines, site table of contents or index, important info, etc.

2 YK Alaska
links to stuff relevant to this particular web log such as subscription information and real-time (continuously updated) maps

3 Others
links to recommended resources for pandemic flu, Alaska science, community health, Alaska community info, community mapping, etc.

4 Teachers
links to my TEK teacher info email list, educational blogging site, teachers who blog on permafrost, etc.

web log housekeeping links such as a map of visitors

Related Grassroots entries
categories or groupings or keywords or tags used for information at this site, only. However, if you click on these tags at an individual entry and not at the sidebar, you will be taken to other WordPress sites using these same tags.

Updated information
comments by readers or additional info about that entry

What others read here
“most read” or “popular” entries but really these are pointers to earlier entries which don’t show up on the main webpage

Recent posts
most recent entries which show up on the main webpage

like this one. They act as guides to clusters or sets of information.

Orange squares RSS icon from famfamfam
indicate recent entries from other sites that I think will be of interest to readers here. The “headlines” are updated as the other site posts new messages. Click on the title above the headlines to go to the other site or click on the headline to read the story at the other site.

Archives and the calendar
are a way to browse for information posted earlier

useful mostly to me so I can log in to the site. But readers may find links to the feeds for posts or comments from here.

Be sure to click on the title of any post of interest coming from search results. Some themes don’t show complete entries when the search results are displayed. In addition, if you wish to view or print just one entry, click on its title.

Please let me know if any URL links or web links end up at a 404 error, page not found on this site. That means the unseen coding to make the web links “hot” has gone wrong and I need to correct that. The visible to humans URL is correct so that could be re-typed in a browser window or I think it can be selected then copied and pasted into a new browser window. Also, try searching by category or by keyword in the search box located in the sidebar.

If the search box doesn’t find what you need, add your search term to the end at Google

Individual posts are often updated through comments, rather than adding an entirely new post (unless a new post is needed). Therefore, readers may want to check back on topics or to subscribe to the “comments” feed, not just the blog feed as a whole.

2006August03 Apologies to the MSIE (Internet Explorer) browsers. This and some other WordPress themes don’t display properly. There is a sidebar for navigation, but way down at the bottom of the page.

Recent info on hantavirus * in the USA is

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome — Five States, 2006

Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) is a rodentborne viral disease characterized by severe pulmonary illness and a case-fatality ratio of 30%–40%. Sin Nombre virus causes the majority of HPS cases in the United States, and the deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus) is its predominant reservoir. This report describes an increase in human cases of HPS reported during January–March 2006 from Arizona, New Mexico, North Dakota, Texas, and Washington state. The findings emphasize the need for renewed attention to reducing the risk for hantavirus exposure.

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/ preview/mmwrhtml/mm5522a3.htm?s_cid=mm5522a3_e

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4 thoughts on “About this site — Cama-i (welcome)”

  1. Nick P. Andrew, Jr. said:

    Here is rural Alaska, homebrewed liqour made with simple ingredients and bakers yeast to activate the fermenting process. This “poor man’s drink” has been made for about 5 generations in the Native community. Many abuse it, and I am wondering if this form of alcohol is safe, meaning for prolonged consumption. Reason being, many minor children under the age of 21 are illegally drinking it, and many people are brewing it on a regular basis to get high, and drunk. People out here as many know do not moderate their alcohol consumption. I am trying to find out if homebrew does affect a person’s liver or stomach, or other organs when homebrew is abused.
    Thank you.

    Nick P. Andrew, Jr.

  2. Mr Andrew– Unfortunately, the answer is that alcohol does affect liver and other organs, especially when abused. It doesn’t matter how the alcohol was produced.

    But you raise an interesting question also– is homebrew “safer”– which I will research and get back to you. There would be three aspects to consider:
    alcohol content
    contamination by other microbes and chemicals
    social context of drinking

    Homebrew isn’t distilled, unlike moonshine. Moonshine can kill quickly or make people blind when bad batches are made.

    Thank you for raising the issue.

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