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|Interview Title||Abstract||Archive #: Oral History||Project||Date of Interview|
|Field Trip to Dry Bay, Part 1||
Sally Edwards, Lorraine Adams, Fred White, Mary Ann Porter, and George Ramos were recorded on May 3-4, 1998 in Harold Robbins' cabin at Dry Bay, Alaska. This is the first interview of the field trip where members of the Gunaxoo Kwaan traveled from Yakutat to Dry Bay with National Park Service employees to search for lost village sites and record recollections of life at Dry Bay. A slideshow, including photos of the participants and scenes from the field trip, accompanies the interview. In this first interview, the various speakers talk about genealogy and family ties to the Dry Bay area, the history of Dry Bay houses and clans, cultural protocols of names and naming, and changes in methods of travel in the area.
|2001-10-02_PT.1||Dry Bay||May 3, 1998|
|Interview Title||Archive #: Oral History||Project||Abstract|
|Sally Edwards and Lorraine Adams, Interview 1||2001-10-08||Dry Bay||
Sally Edwards and Lorraine Adams were interviewed on January 15, 1998 by Wayne Howell and Mary Ann Porter at the National Park Service Visitor Center in Yakutat, Alaska. In this first of two interviews, Sally recalls the dramatic impact of the 1958 earthquake in Dry Bay. (A separate account of the earthquake can also be found on Tape 2 of the Dry Bay Field Trip interviews.) Sally also tells of better times at Dry Bay, including a visit by the moose named "Connie Francis" (see slideshow), mysterious stories of disappearing animals, and the variety of ways in which food was prepared. Lorraine Adams describes the dangerous conditions at the mouth of the Alsek River and the location of abandoned tribal houses in the Dry Bay area.
|Field Trip to Dry Bay, Part 2||2001-10-02_PT.2||Dry Bay||
Sally Edwards was interviewed on May 4, 1998 by Wayne Howell and Mary Ann Porter in Harold Robbins' cabin at Dry Bay, Alaska. This is the second interview of the field trip where members of the Gunaxoo Kwaan traveled from Yakutat to Dry Bay with National Park Service employees to search for lost village sites and record recollections of life at Dry Bay. In this interview, Sally remembers the devastating earthquake of 1958, intriguing bear encounters, and later discusses genealogy and lineage with Lorraine Adams.
As a Person Present at Interview
|Interview Title||Archive #: Oral History||Project||Abstract||People Present|
|Elaine Abraham and Mary Ann Paquette||95-71-28||Wrangell-St.Elias National Park||
This interview has been edited. Bill Schneider was fortunate that Elaine Abraham, who lived in Anchorage at the time of this recording, was in Yakutat while he was interviewing and we were able to include her. She is joined here by Mary Ann Paquette and they give a very personal introduction to growing up in Yakutat. The edited section can be found in the Kayamori slideshow. They made comments on a photo album of pictures made by a Japanese photographer, Kayamori, who lived in Yakutat until World War II. When he learned that he would be detained in a camp during the war he committed suicide. The photo album is from his collection at the Alaska State Library in Juneau. There is considerable interest in the album and the images of Yakutat in the early years. Only a selection of images were described by Mary Ann and Elaine.
|Nellie Lord, Mary Ann Porter|
|Oscar Frank||95-71-30||Wrangell-St.Elias National Park||
Oscar Frank was interviewed on July 12, 1995 by Bill Schneider, Nellie Lord and Mary Ann Porter at the National Park Service office in Yakutat, Alaska. Nellie asked Oscar to do a recording on Tlingit history. He is the most senior of the people interviewed and his interview provides regional perspective and some details on figures in Tlingit history.
|Mary Ann Porter|