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George Attla grew up in Huslia, Alaska when dog teams were used as basic transportation. After suffering tuberculosis as a child, George was limited in his physical abilities but his father gave him puppies to raise. This started a life-long love of dogs, mushing, and eventually dog racing. George, nick-named "The Huslia Hustler," became well known for his sprint racing success in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. For more about George Attla, see: Spirit of the Wind: The Story of George Attla, Alaska's Legendary Sled Dog Sprint Champ by Lew Freedman (Kenmore, WA: Epicenter Press, 2000); George Attla: The Legend of the Sled-Dog Trail by Lew Freedman (Harrisburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 1993); and Spirit of the Wind, a 1979 film directed and produced by Ralph Liddle. George Attla passed away on February 15, 2015. See articles written about him after his death in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and the Alaska Dispatch News newspapers and his obituary in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner newspaper.