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[Fort Yukon, people and activities]
AAF-9257 is a reel of 16mm film made up of seven smaller reels of film. Reel 1 is labeled “Rube & Bill Mason” and contains footage of a number of individuals carrying items out of a cabin and loading them onto a boat; and a man and a woman carrying bags, boxes and miscellaneous household items across the shore to the boat. Reel 2 is labeled “Emil Bergman & Mrs. Burk,” and contains footage of two or three individuals looking at large ice floes and ice jams on a river; also contains footage of a town and buildings with water in front of them (possibly flooding). Reel 3 is labeled “John Thomas 9,” and contains footage of a large group of adults and children standing on the edge of a large river; scenic views of the river, and two women walking up to the river; ice flowing on the river; three children playing by the water; an Alaska Native woman with a small child on her back and two older children; ice floes in the river; two men looking at the river; a small girl looking at the camera; and a group of children playing. Reel 4 is labeled “John Thomas,” and contains footage of a child paddling a canoe; children playing with the canoe in the water; children swimming in the water; children playing on the beach next to the water; a person in a bathing suit paddling a canoe; a person paddling the canoe standing up; and two men in another canoe. Reel 5 is labeled “Muskrat Hunting,” and contains footage of a man leading a group of large sled dogs; dogs pulling a dogsled from the perspective of the sled driver; a man and a boy with guns evaluating the tundra closely and setting a trap; a man being pulled on a dogsled; a man standing with the sled dogs; a man and boy walking through the snow in the woods; a man and boy checking the traps; the boy showing the camera his catch; a man and boy striking animal (likely muskrat) with stick and holding it up by the tail. Reel 6 is labeled “1930-1940 Doctor Burke’s 4th of July,” and “Dr. Burk’s Pictures 4th of July,” and contains footage of a man walking up a dock; two men paddling a canoe (possibly through flood waters); two men walking past a building; two men getting into a canoe and paddling a canoe; a large number of well-dressed children playing in a field with adults looking on; children engaged in wheelbarrow races; children engaged in three-legged races; large group of adults watching as other members engage in an unidentified game. Reel 7 is labeled “Steamboat,” and contains footage of well-dressed women walking; priests and men in suits talking next to a body of water; people on a large riverboat with a sign that says “U.S. Mail”; well-dressed people on a beach in front of the riverboat; footage of a number of people shaking hands with what appears to be the captain of the riverboat; people standing on the shore next to the riverboat and waving as the ship departs; and people milling around on the shore.