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Digital Branch of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Oral History Program
Elaine Meader McCausland, Part 3

This is a continuation of the interview with Elaine Meader McCausland on January 4, 2003 with Karen Brewster in Cazadero, California. This is part three of tape number Oral History 2002-27-05. The interview began in parts one and two of tape number Oral History 2002-27-05. In this part of the interview, Elaine talks about how she feels about establishment of Gates of the Arctic National Park, and what living at a remote lake in the Brooks Range meant to her and her personal development.

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Archive #: Oral History 2002-27-05_PT.3

Project: Gates of the Arctic National Park
Date of Interview: Jan 4, 2003
Narrator(s): Elaine Meader McCausland
Interviewer(s): Karen Brewster
Location of Interview:
Funding Partners:
National Park Service
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1) Thoughts about the creation of Gates of the Arctic National Park, and the interaction the Meaders had with neighboring Natives, miners and guides

2) The ideals of living at the lake mixed with making a film about it

3) Final thoughts about her life and the lake experience

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Section 1: Gates of the Arctic National Park -- creation\ parklands -- protection\ lake\ Park -- boundary\ homestead\ land -- offered to Park\ homestead -- criteria of\ homestead -- changes in laws\ Natives -- interaction with\ Eskimo -- guide assistant\ Meader, Fred -- encouraged independence\ airplane\ visitors\ Anaktuvuk Pass\ Wiseman\ Hughes\ Huslia\ Allakaket\ miners -- interaction with\ hunters\ guide territory\ guides -- behavior\ animals -- scared off\ Meader, Fred -- attitude about|

Section 2: Meader, Fred -- ideals\ ideals -- contradiction\ guiding -- keeping the meat\ wildlife footage -- selling\ movie making\ environmentalism\ Sierra Club\ civilization -- encroachment of\ wilderness -- protecting\ development -- stopping\ activism\ lifestyle -- simple living\ Meader, Heather -- activist\ world trade issues\ people -- poverty\ Navajo Indians\ Alaska\ redwood forests -- protection of\ film -- modern impact|

Section 3: life -- record of\ film\ diaries\ journals\ book -- writing\ Meader, Dion\ cabin -- rebuilding\ retreat\ life -- quality of\ mechanization -- lack of\ nature -- in harmony with\ lake -- spiritual place\ McCausland\ childhood\ Auburn, Massachusetts\ philosophy -- Nietzsche, Friedrich\ Freud, Sigmund\ life -- decadence\ life -- mediocrity\ philosophy -- follow self\ culture\ experiment -- success of\ University of Alaska\ Native clothing, tools\ connection -- mystical \ land -- live off\ travel -- winter\ snowshoes\ travel -- summer\ walking\ McGuire, Sean\ Wilshire, Denny|