This Project Jukebox highlights stories related to the history of dog mushing in Alaska. We wanted to showcase some of our historic oral history interviews and this project gave us the opportunity to incorporate new recordings into our collection, as well. While there are many well-known figures in Alaskan dog mushing, we selected stories from some who are less well-known and who might otherwise go unheard, and according to how their experiences reflected the themes we wanted to be sure were represented in the project. The recordings included in this project represent various aspects of dog mushing, including: traditional use, freighting, mail carrying, recreational use, tourism, sled building, trail systems, dog care, and racing.
People who visit this Website can access visual and oral resources that reconstruct the stories of how dog teams have been used in Alaska. The site includes recordings from the Oral History Collection at Elmer E. Rasmuson Library at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, as well as historic photographs and film clips from our collections, from other Alaska institutions, and from personal family collections.
Click here for a list of all the material relating to dog mushing available in the University of Alaska Fairbanks Rasmuson Library's on-line catalog (Goldmine) [once there, refine your search using the box that appears on the bottom of the page].
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