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Pauline Peter

Mike Spindler interviewed Pauline Peter in Nulato on April 1, 1998. The interview was edited and produced by Mike Spindler.

PAULINE PETER was born in 1932 at Toby's Camp, a remote camp on the Koyukuk River, halfway between Nulato and Huslia. Her mother, Martha Nelson, died when she was two years old and she was adopted by an elder couple, John and Alga Angela Brown. The family spent most of each year living off the land on the Kaiyuh Flats, across the Yukon River from Nulato. In 1949, Pauline married Arthur Peter, and together they raised eight children and several foster children. Today, she is raising several grandchildren, and because she grew up in the traditional Athabascan way, she shares with them her knowledge about using local wildlife and fish for subsistence. If you visit her home, you will probably find her making some traditional Athabascan beadwork handcrafts or cooking a meal from locally caught fish or game.

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. Recordings and interviews for this CD were conducted in April 1998.

Click on an audio link below to listen to a story.
H99-01-03 Part 1
1) Biography (3:57)
2) Geese (4:50)
3) Swans (3:11)
4) Hard times (3:17)
5) Cottonwood City (4:15)
6) Moose (3:38)
7) Wolves (6:47)
8) Bears (6:00)
9) Beaver (4:34)
10) Pike and whitefish (3:38)
11) Fish camp (4:59)
12) Salmon (3:10)
H99-01-03 Part 2
1) Trapping (4:38)
2) Weather (5:24)
3) Wildfire (3:13)
4) Berries (5:55)
5) Floods (5:26)
6) Wolf sinew story (3:55)
7) Priceless knowledge (3:58)
8) Gulig and Beatrice Story: A Lazy Girl (3:37)
9) Elders should record stories (4:52) 

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