Thursday, July 15, 2010

In the News today...

Yay, we made it into the Arctic Sounder.

"Sisualik may see the biggest population boom since its heyday this summer. Descendants of Ruth and Yiyuk Harris are planning a family reunion on the spot Aug. 6-7 and hoping their more than 300 cousins show up."

Read the full story HERE.

Hopefully, I'll have a chance to talk to some of the eldest "cousins" about their lives with Aaka and Aapa at Sisualik, like Lena Hanna, Taiyaaq Biesmeier, Grover Harris and Herbert Foster. What stories they must have about growing up with them.

aaka and grover
Grover Harris Sr, and Aaka Ruth Harris.

Then we can write a family history book for everyone to see. The family tree is almost complete. I am missing only a very few grandchildren's families. Please check the Facebook page under the discussion site to make sure your family is listed. We don't want to leave anyone out!

If you have photos of your parents, grandparents or Aaka and Aapa you wish to share, please email Gia Hanna at and she will put together a photo book for everyone.


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

T-shirts and Bake Sales!

We are hosting a Bake Sale on Friday the 16th at the Kotzebue Post Office from 11:00 am until we sell out for those of you in Kotzebue!

Please bring something for our Fund raising committee to sell at the Bake Sale!


Also, our Family Reunion T-shirts are available to purchase. The cost is $12 each and the sizes available are Youth XS all the way to Adult 3XL.


Each family will have a different color assigned to them, so when you send your sizes, your color will reflect who you "belong" to!

Martha - Red, Carrie - Tan, Fannie - Dk Purple, Henry - Forest Green, Belle - Maroon, Mary - Lt. Gray, Lily - Kelly Green, Doc - Royal Blue, Mabel - Navy Blue

Money and sizes are due to Maija Lukin ( by Saturday, July 17th. Please email or call her to make arrangements if you are out of town and still want a shirt!


Monday, June 28, 2010


Welcome to the Yiyuk and Ruth Harris Family Reunion blog/website.


We figured it would be easy to post events, meetings, and photos of our family here for everyone to see.

A handful of iglaaqs are busy planning, forming committees and getting ready for the big event.

If you're a part of the Harris Family, please feel free to contact us! The Harris original kids are: Martha Jones, Carrie and Richard Gallahorn, Fannie (first husband Lee Foster) and Ray Mendenhall, Henry and Niiqsik Harris, Belle and Marion Sours , Mary and Elmer Goodwin Sr, Lily and Dick Curtis, Doc and Katak Harris, and Mabel and Oliver Henry.


And save the date for the reunion which will be held at the Harris camps in Sisualik.