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Pollack Simon, Sr.
Pollack Simon, Sr.

Pollack Simon, Sr. was interviewed in May, 2004 by Eric Mack in Allakaket, Alaska for the Raven's Story radio series on KIYU-AM public radio station in Galena, Alaska. In this interview, Pollack talks about living a traditional subsistence lifestyle based on hunting, trapping and fishing. He discusses learning to live off the land from his grandfather, trapping marten, and hunting moose and wolves. He also talks about his career as a dog musher, changes in dog mushing, trapping and fishing, how life has changed so that living off the land is now more difficult, working as a wildlands firefighter, and the role of politics in wolf management.

The interview was edited and produced by Clinton Brown.

Digital Asset Information

Archive #: Oral History 2004-01-25

Project: Raven's Story Project Jukebox
Date of Interview: May 1, 2004
Narrator(s): Pollack Simon, Sr.
Interviewer(s): Eric Mack
Location of Interview:
Funding Partners:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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Sections

1) Biography (:45)

2) Grandpa Old Simon (2:07)

3) Mushing Career (3:58)

4) Trapping Marten (2:31)

5) Changes in Trapping Over the Years (3:29)

6) Changes in Mushing & Fishing Over the Years (3:32)

7) No More Living Off the Land (3:25)

8) Trapping Today (3:21)

9) Moose and Wolves (2:46)

10) Wolves and Politics (2:05)

11) Firefighting (4:03)

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