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Franklin Simon

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

FRANKLIN SIMON was born in the old village of Cutoff in February 1934. His parents were the late Edwin Simon and Huslia's beloved Elder Lydia Simon. In 1949 the family moved to Huslia from the old village of Cutoff. Franklin lived the subsistence way of life around Huslia, by hunting, fishing, gathering from the land and trapping, first as a child, then as a young man and finally as an Elder. In 1962 he married Lillian Koyukuk from the village of Allakaket. Franklin and Lillian raised 4 children and one grandchild. Franklin worked early on at the Hog River Mine, Naknek and Helmik Canneries, and he also worked for the late Jimmy Huntington on the barge hauling freight and construction materials along the Koyukuk and Yukon Rivers, and later for Yutana Bargelines. Franklin also worked as a seasonal Emergency Firefighter for BLM for 15 seasons, and then retired after many years as a the Huslia AVEC maintenance electrician. Currently, Franklin still likes to help young people get ready for their subsistence hunting, fishing and trapping activities, and provides valuable information to the young people and their leaders.

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) Moose and geese (4:17)
2) Hunting and trapping (2:47)
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