Elders share stories of what it meant to live in remote Alaskan communities in the days before snowmobiles, when sled dogs provided the only reliable means of travel during winter.
The history of mushing in Alaska is long and rich and is deeply intertwined with Denali National Park and Preserve’s tradition of mushing to protect and preserve park resources.
Renowned for conserving wildlife and supporting intact ecosystems, Denali was recognized early for its contribution to scientific research and discovery. A protected, living laboratory in which to observe natural processes at work, it continues to attract new generations of naturalists, field biologists, and climatologists from around the world.
Nikolai is a remote Alaska village located in central Alaska near the Kuskokwim River. In June 2013 elders of the community came together and taught their youth how to build a fishwheel, which is a device Athabaskans have used for centuries to catch fish.
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