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Digital Branch of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Oral History Program

Alfred Wells, Sr.

Alfred Wells, Sr.

Alfred Wells, Sr. was born in 1922 in Noorvik, Alaska. After growing up in a small village and living a traditional Iñupiaq hunting and fishing lifestyle, in 1942, at age twenty, Alfred was drafted into the army, went to Nome for training, and served in the Alaska Territorial Guard. He served on the board of the Putoo Village Corporation of Noorvik, raised a family, and continued to hunt and fish according to his Iñupiaq traditions. Alfred also was known for being a champion sled dog racer. In 1958, he won the North American Championships in Fairbanks. From February 29 to March 2, 1996, Alfred participated in the Communities of Memory public storytelling event held in Kotzebue where local residents spoke about their memories of and experiences related to the military. Alfred Wells passed away in 2003.

Date of Birth:
Mar 5, 1922
Date of Death:
May 22, 2003
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