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Bill Williams
Bill Williams, Bill Williams with dog sled he was building

Bill Williams was interviewed in May 2004 by Clinton Brown in Hughes, Alaska for the Raven's Story radio series on KIYU-AM public radio station in Galena, Alaska. In this interview, Bill talks about living a subsistence lifestyle based upon hunting, trapping and fishing, what his childhood was like, dealing with cold weather and harsh living conditions, and shares some traditional stories about wildlife and hunting experiences. He also talks about working in gold mines and describes the seasonal round of subsistence.

The interview was edited and produced by Clinton Brown.

Digital Asset Information

Archive #: Oral History 2004-01-24

Project: Raven's Story Project Jukebox
Date of Interview: May 1, 2004
Narrator(s): Bill Williams
Interviewer(s): Clinton Brown
Location of Interview:
Funding Partners:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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Sections

1) Biography (:45)

2) Growing Up in Camp (2:45)

3) Learning English (2:05)

4) Hunting for Caribou (2:47)

5) Waking Up Early (2:30)

6) Too Cold for Kerosene (3:09)

7) Cold at Camp (2:10)

8) Cold For a Long Time (2:50)

9) Trapping With His Sister (5:27)

10) Long Moose Hunting Trip (9:08)

11) Cut Open Boot While Hunting (2:57)

12) Too Cold for Dogs (3:03)

13) Not So Lucky With Wolverine (3:07)

14) The Spruce Hen and The Bear (5:26)

15) Bigfoot (5:26)

16) Bigfoot Stole Hunting Equipment (5:25)

17) Gold Mining (3:47)

18) Year-Round Subsistence (2:46)

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