Meanwhile, the kids were looking their best. The girls were wearing their prettiest dresses and the boys were wearing dress shirts and ties. They could have easily been going to junior prom (if you went to junior prom as a seven-year-old). Many of the girls had their hair done and were wearing makeup, which is a little startling on a five-year-old, and reminiscent of child beauty pageants.
The concert was led by a wisecracking emcee who effortlessly switched back and forth between English and Inuinnaqtun, and never let an opportunity for a joke pass by.
I was impressed by all the efforts that had gone into putting on the show. Each class had an Inuinnaqtun portion, with the kids singing songs like O Come All Ye Faithful and Silent Night in Inuinnaqtun. The grade one students also did the world's most adorable jigging demonstration, and I swear, there is nothing cute than watching small children dancing with their partners with furious feet.
This spells something
Some of the older kids also danced some jigs. Remember that awkward stage when the girls were starting to be taller than the boys, and everyone was busy trying to get used to their growing body parts? I don't miss that phase at all. But it didn't seem to stop these talented students at all.
A Christmas play
Frosty the Snowman
Students talk about why a horse-drawn sleigh would be impractical in Cambridge Bay
Rewriting Jingle Bell Rock
3 arctic hares
2 shiny ulus
and a pair of sealskin mitts for free
-The 12 days of Christmas in Cambridge Bay
As you can see it was a fun evening for the whole community and a chance for everyone to be proud of the Cambridge Bay youth. And a great way to start the Christmas season.