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David David

Kitty and David David

David David is a Koyukon Athabascan elder from Allakaket, Alaska. His family originally came from the South Fork of the Koyukuk River. The Allakaket community is basically made up of three groups. Two of these groups consist of Koyukon people, one from the Kanuti and Allakaket areas and another from the region around the South Fork of the Koyukuk. The Inupiaq community of Alatna comprises the third group. People from the South Fork area had a base camp at the mouth of the South Fork of the Koyukuk River, which became a log cabin community around the turn of the century. David's parents were South Fork David and Eva, but his father died when David was three, so he grew up learning to hunt, fish and trap from other male relatives, especially Grandpa Joe Williams. David is known for his skill in raising and training sled dogs. He grew up in traditional subsistence lifestyle where he used dogs for transportation, hauling wood, and doing other chores. He got into sled dog racing in 1955, but eventually stopped as he got older and as the cost of keeping sled dogs increased. In 1952, David married Kitty Nictune of Alatna, and they had eight children.

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