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Survey Coverage Map_small.jpgAlaska's Subsistence Research Legacy Project Jukebox explores the development of subsistence research in Alaska from 1980 to 2020, how subsistence data were applied to management decisions, and how research was conducted in an intense political environment. Subsistence is the term used in Alaska for customary and traditional uses of natural resources. This Jukebox project contains recordings of a series of thematic workshops conducted in 2021 with presentations by active and retired subsistence researchers, subsistence users, subsistence fish nets hands_magdanz.jpgresearch program administrators, and others active in subsistence research and management in Alaska. It also includes some additional one-on-one oral history interviews with people unable to participate in the group sessions.

The original audio recordings are housed at the Oral History Program in the Elmer E. Rasmuson Library at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). This Jukebox Project was originally created in 2021 by the UAF Oral History Program with funding from the George and Betty Moore Foundation and administrative support from the International Arctic Research Center (IARC) at UAF.


Jim Fall James "Jim" Fall

Originally from New Jersey, James "Jim" Fall attended the University of Pennsylvania and earned a M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He came to Alaska in 1981 to work for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Division of Subsistence. He was a Subsistence Resource Specialist III from 1981 to 1989, Southcentral Region Program Manager from 1989 to 2007, and the Statewide Research Program Manager from 2007 until his retirement in 2021. During this tenure... Read More

Denny Kelso Dennis "Denny" Takahashi-Kelso

Originally from Iowa, Dennis "Denny" Takahashi-Kelso was the second director of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Division of Subsistence, serving from 1981 until 1983. Subsequently, he was Deputy Commissioner for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation where he oversaw the state's response to the 1989 Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. After leaving Alaska, Denny has been a program officer in conservation and science at the... Read More