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Ruth Sandvik

Ruth Sandvik: Interview Outline

Tape Reference Number: H2002-09-11
Ruth Blankenship-Sandvik talks with Bill Schneider and Eileen Devinney in Kiana, Alaska on February 28, 2002.


  1. Introduction, history of Kiana as heard from old-timers
  2. Moving from Selawik to Kiana, school, and stores
  3. Father hired as a cook in Noorvik and mother worked in Noorvik hospital
  4. Noorvik (new place), the Friends Church, and the establishing of Noorvik
  5. Parents moving to Kiana and buying items for the store
  6. Education and running a store
  7. The village store and how it has changed from the old days
  8. Yearly subsistence cycle
  9. Dog team, mail carriers, and mail orders
  10. The difference between down and upriver fish early in the season
  11. Louis Giddings and the archaeology in the area
  12. Photo of Tommie Douglas and Harold Gooden Sr. making a mudshark trap
  13. Photo of Stonewall Jackson
  14. Photo of Rob Blankenship and Harold Gooden
  15. Photo of Levey's store in Kotzebue
  16. Miners
  17. Photo of Nellie Coffin
  18. Photo of Martha Wells and Lucy Jackson (Thomas L. Jackson's mother)
  19. Photo of Johnson Black
  20. Ordering goods for the store including hardwood
  21. Things you would want the younger people to know
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