Living Off the Land

Alaska’s people have been living off the land for thousands of years. Through several of these stories we learn about Alaska Native women’s subsistence lifeways and values, experiences of cultural change, challenges, and perseverance for these traditional rights.

The late 19th and into the 20th century saw an increased variety of self-sufficient and homesteading lifestyles. More women came to Alaska from the continental U.S. and Europe, some drawn to opportunities and adventure, others to making a life off the land through associated mining, trapping, hunting, guiding, and homesteading activities.

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