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Originally from West Virginia, Ray Bane came to Alaska in 1960 to be a teacher in Sitka. He then taught in Barrow and Wainwright, and conducted subsistence research in the Brooks Range. At the time of his 1992 interview, he was working for the Subsistence Division of the National Park Service. He had also been stationed in Bettles. Ray's work focused on documenting subsistence activities and traditional cultural values and he especially focused on the area of Gates of the Arctic National Park. He is co-author with Richard Nelson of Tracks in the Wildland: A Portrayal of Koyukon and Nunamiut Subsistence.