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Alice Ambrose

We met with Alice Ambrose, Susie Williams' daughter, on February 19, 2003 in Hughes, Alaska. She invited us to her home to talk to us about her life in Hughes, her family and spring carnival. She showed us pictures from the spring carnival and spoke about the individuals in the photos. Hudson Stuck visited the community of Hughes, baptised many people and even named a boy after himself. The original unedited version of this interview is available in the archives at the Rasmuson Library.

Digital Asset Information

Archive #: Oral History 2002-27-09

Project: Gates of the Arctic National Park
Date of Interview: Feb 19, 2003
Narrator(s): Alice Ambrose
Interviewer(s): Bill Schneider, Marla Statscewich
Location of Interview:
Funding Partners:
National Park Service
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1) Spring carnival in Hughes

2) Hunting beaver and spring carnival dog races

3) Sharing in the community and Alice's first kicker (boat withoutboard motor)

4) Traveling from spring camp with the kicker, Art, and their children

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Section 1: March 17 -- dog race starts\communities come together\ dress material -- two kinds\ men's and women's dog races\ Susie Williams -- raced dogs\ violin and mandolin music\ Hughes dances -- four days of dance\ Potlatch -- share food\ dogs only listen to the men\ dogs follow each other\ April 1 -- beaver season closes|

Section 2: beaver season\ Uncle Joe's camp\ Hughes to Bear Mountain\ spring carnival races\ dancing during festivals\ traveling to festival\ Henry's camp -- 8 Mile Camp\ Cutoff -- Huslia\ people travel with dogs to festival\ George Attla and family\ run with snow shoes with dogs\ Sammy -- Big Sophie\ Little Peter and family\ Hog River Johnny and family\ Allakaket\ g-pole\ race sleigh\ dancing and music during festival\ guitar\ Hughes -- carnival time|

Section 3: trapping -- people's property\ taking care of each other\ kind to visitors\ carry boat -- spring camp\ family in the boat -- dogs run on the bank\ 5 horsepower -- felt fast\ Art Ambrose -- ordered kicker from James store manager)\ Art worked with Joe at mining camp\ 7.5 horsepower\ 10 horsepower\ 20 horsepower -- way too fast|

Section 4: follow diagrams -- build kicker\ mission in Allakaket\ learned to speak English\ Alice taught Art English\ Art died -- 1969\ 11 children\ children adoption\ Timmy James\ Fairbanks\ Anchorage\ 1969 -- picture of Art and Alice|