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Arthur "Art" Mortvedt

Art and Damaris Mortvedt

Originally from North Dakota, Art Mortvedt came to Alaska in January 1974. He was a teacher in the village of Shungnak, Alaska, moved to living a subsistence lifestyle in a remote location in the Brooks Range, has been a pilot, guide, and dog musher, and at the time of his interview in 2002 was running the Peace of Selby Wilderness Lodge at Selby Lake in the Brooks Range. He met Demaris (Dee), his wife, while working at Jewel Cave National Monument in South Dakota, when she was on her way to be a teacher in Alaska. They were married in 1978. Art also has flown to remote locations around the world, including Central and South America, Antarctica, and Greenland. In 2009, he received the Lowell Thomas Award from the Explorers Club in honor of his accomplishments as an outstanding explorer.

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