|Interview Title||Archive #: Oral History||Project||Abstract|
|Frederick Theodore (Ted) Angasan, Sr., Part 1||1998-22-01||
Pat Partnow and Mary Jane Nielsen interviewed Mary Jane's older brother Ted during two separate sessions in her kitchen in South Naknek. This first interview took place on January 26, 1998 as the three sat at the table looking at a map of the area. As Ted recalled his past use of the park, he pointed out locations and landmarks that are reproduced on the map portion of this program.
|Frederick Theodore (Ted) Angasan, Sr., Part 2||1998-22-03||
Pat Partnow and Mary Jane Nielsen interviewed Mary Jane's older brother Ted during two separate sessions in her kitchen in South Naknek. This second interview took place on January 28, 1998 as the three sat at the table, Ted wanted to continue the interview to include information he had remembered in the interim. He and Mary Jane reminisced about their Gramma, Pelagia Melgenak, and grandfather ("Taata"), One-Arm Nick, and the experiences they shared at the fishcamp at Kittiwik on Lake Naknek.
Teddy spoke with Pat Partnow in her hotel room in King Salmon on a bright early spring morning in March, 1998. As he talked, he studied a map of the area, locating sites where he trapped, hunted, fished, and gathered plant resources through the years. Because of Teddy's years spent with the Elders, he was also able to remember stories they told about Old Savonoski before the eruption, and traditional songs and stories.
Vera, matriarch of the large Angasan family of South Naknek, hosted Pat Partnow and Mary Jane Nielsen in her King Salmon home on March 23, 1998. In this interview,Vera remembers her own role as a child in the household of Pelagia and One-Arm Nick Melgenak, helping haul water and wood and helping with the late summer redfish harvesting. Her memories continue through her adulthood, when she and her husband, Trefon Angasan, Sr., took their ten children to Kittiwik camp at the mouth of Brooks River to obtain the year's supply of redfish, and used other parts of the park to gather food for the year, from seagull eggs to moose and bear. Vera also remembers the uses of a number of plants, both for medicine and food. During much of the interview, she was looking through plant books to identify by English name the Alutiiq plants she was familiar with.
|Carvel Zimin, Sr.||1998-22-02||
Pat Partnow talked with Carvel Zimin on January 27, 1998 as the two sat at his kitchen table in South Naknek. As they talked, they looked at the map of the Katmai/South Naknek area and a collection of historic photos Carvel had collected over the last half century. Carvel was especially concerned with the changes in the subsistence practices of local people made necessary by legislative action in Washington, DC, far from the Alaska Peninsula. These changes ranged from the original establishment of the park and the banning of fishing and hunting within its boundaries to its expansion in 1980 following the passage of ANILCA (Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act). Halfway through the interview, Carvel had to leave his house to drive the school bus that collects high school students from the airport after their five-minute flight across the river from Naknek, where the high school is located. When he returned he continued looking through the photographs and at the map, remembering personal experiences and those he had been told about by Elders who have since passed on. He speaks movingly about his own and his mother's feelings for the land and the subsistence way of life.