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Goodwin Semaken, Sr.
Goodwin Semaken, Sr.

Goodwin Semaken, Sr. was interviewed on February 5, 2001 by Mike Spindler in Kaltag, Alaska for the Raven's Story radio series on KIYU-AM public radio station in Galena, Alaska. In this interview, Goodwin talks about living a subsistence lifestyle of hunting, fishing and trapping. He tells a story about bear hunting, discusses hunting geese and ducks and caribou, changes in moose populations, fishing, and raising and using sled dogs as transportation. He also talks about Native cultural practices, such as the Stick Dance, and issues of substance abuse.

The interview was edited and produced by Clinton Brown.

Digital Asset Information

Archive #: Oral History 2004-01-22

Project: Raven's Story Project Jukebox
Date of Interview: Feb 5, 2001
Narrator(s): Goodwin Semaken, Sr.
Interviewer(s): Mike Spindler
Location of Interview:
Funding Partners:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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Sections

1) Bear Story Part 1 (5:26)

2) Bear Story Part 2 (3:06)

3) Bear Story Part 3 (3:52)

4) Bear Story Part 4 (4:15)

5) Living off the Country (2:53)

6) Hunting for Food (3:05)

7) First Time Caribou Hunting (5:10)

8) Hunting Caribou in the Old Days (3:39)

9) Hunting Geese and Ducks (4:48)

10) Moose Population Change in Kaltag Area (4:52)

11) Salmon (4:37)

12) Sled Dogs (3:40)

13) Taking Care of Sled Dogs (3:37)

14) Stick Dance (6:09)

15) Wolves (2:48)

16) Drugs and Alcohol (3:22)

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