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Joe Beetus, Interview 2
Joe Beetus

Joe Beetus was interviewed in February 2004 by Eric Mack in Hughes, Alaska for the Raven's Story radio series on KIYU-AM public radio station in Galena, Alaska. In this interview, Joe talks about the history of the Koyukuk River area, including early settlements, the 1918 flu epidemic, dogteam mail delivery, and stores in Allakaket and Alatna. He then provides an overview of his life and living a traditional subsistence lifestyle mixed with working in mines, cutting wood for the river steamboats, and operating heavy equipment. He also talks about learning to hunt, traditional beliefs about animals like porcupine, dealing with cold weather, trapping, and changes he's observed in the salmon and caribou populations.

The interview was edited and produced by Clinton Brown.

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Archive #: Oral History 2004-01-27

Project: Raven's Story Project Jukebox
Date of Interview: Feb 1, 2004
Narrator(s): Joe Beetus
Interviewer(s): Eric Mack
Location of Interview:
Funding Partners:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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1) Early Settlements on the Koyukuk River (4:12)

2) Flu Epidemic in Allakaket (2:44)

3) Dog Team Mail Routes in the 1920's (2:37)

4) Mail Run to the Upper Koyukuk During Freeze-Up (3:35)

5) Stores at Allakaket and Alatna in the 1920's (3:30)

6) Missing School Growing Up (3:09)

7) Hunting with Johnny Oldman (3:21)

8) Eskimo Belief about Porcupine (4:02)

9) Cold Weather and Clothing (2:45)

10) Moving to Hughes and Working in Mines (2:48)

11) Cutting Steamboat Wood (2:36)

12) Salmon and Caribou Population (3:05)

13) Lost a D-6 Through the Ice (4:21)

14) Making a Living (2:53)

15) Trapping Alone (3:17)

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