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Cue Bifelt

Mike Spindler interviewed Cue Bifelt in Huslia on May 13, 1997. The interview was edited and produced by Mike Spindler.

CUE BIFELT was born in a camp near Hughes in May 1929. His parents were Fred Bifelt and Helen Beetus. In 1938, the family moved down the Koyukuk River from Hughes to Cutoff, near the present day Huslia. Cue grew up mainly in subsistence hunting, fishing and trapping camps in and around Huslia. In 1948, he married Madeline Bergman of Allakaket, and two years later they moved to Huslia when Bureau of Indian Affairs established a school there. Cue and Madeline raised 13 children and 5 grandchildren, some of whom they are still raising today. Cue got his first job at the Hog River mine in 1955 and worked his way up to the job of winch man on the gold dredge. Since 1965, he has worked for several barge companies hauling freight and construction materials on the Yukon and Koyukuk Rivers. To this day, Cue has continued a pattern of working in the summer and hunting and trapping for subsistence in the winter. Some day, Cue says he would like to retire and spend more time out at camp.

The goal of Raven's Story is to record elders' stories, observations, and experiences relating to wildlife, fish, and subsistence in the Koyukuk and middle Yukon areas of interior Alaska. This Raven's Story was produced by Mike Spindler at public radio station KIYU-AM in Galena, Alaska, with the support of Louden Tribal Council and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Click on an audio link below to listen to a story.
1) Muskrat (3:58)
2) Moose and caribou (2:56)
3) Wolves (2:55)
4) Mining jobs (3:54)
5) Hard times (3:28)
6) Bears (4:13)
7) Geese (5:42)
8) Earthquakes (2:19)
9) Electrification of Huslia (3:40)
10) Youth and jobs (5:02)
11) Work on the barges (6:10)
12) Discharging a crew member (2:56)
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