Alaska Film Archives

Alaska Review 12
Alaska Review 12
In the first segment, reporter Mark O. Badger examines Inupiaq culture, its dependence on and connection to marine mammals, and the development of a cash economy in Alaska villages. Those interviewed include John Burns, Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist; John Evak of Kotzebue; Pete Sereadlook of Wales; Dr. George Harry, head of the Marine Mammal Division of NOAA in Seattle; Eben Hopson, North Slope Borough mayor; Arnold Brower, Barrow whaling captain; an unidentified Point Hope whaling captain; and Carl Gravougle, Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist. The report contains views of Barrow, Round Island, Wales, Point Hope, hunters, whales and whaling, subsistence activities, community celebrations, polar bears, and walruses. In the second segment, reporter Eric Eckholm explores the history of sled dog racing and talks to dog mushers about their philosophies on raising sled dogs. Dog mushers Gareth Wright and Roxy Woods are interviewed. Scenes of sled dog races and dog yards are included in the report. In the third segment, Ed Bennett reports on problems with the state's prison system and on some of the programs and policies being implemented to correct the problems. Those interviewed include: Attorney General Avrum Gross; Bill Huston, director of the Alaska Division of Corrections; Dan Masden, correctional officers training supervisor; State Representative Russ Meekins of Anchorage; Charles Moses, administrator at the 6th Avenue Annex facility in Anchorage; Marilyn Davis, counselor at the 6th Avenue Annex facility in Anchorage; N. Steven Krause, superintendent of the Eagle River jail; Natalie Brooks, member of the citizens advisory committee for the Eagle River jail; Sharon Scramstad, teacher at the Ridgeview women's jail; and the Rev. William Lyons, parole board head. The report includes views of the Juneau jail, the 6th Avenue Annex facility in Anchorage, the Eagle River jail, and other corrections facilities. The program also contains Public Service Announcements (PSAs) about the United Negro College Fund, careers and education, and the National High Blood Pressure Education Program.