Alaska Film Archives

[Band plays at Sunset Strip in Fairbanks]
[Band plays at Sunset Strip in Fairbanks]
This footage includes scenes at the Sunset Strip night club in Fairbanks. A band plays, people dance, and a bartender serves drinks.
[Battle of the books, Kilbuck and Tooksook Bay schools]
[Battle of the books, Kilbuck and Tooksook Bay schools]
This videotape is labeled "LKSD Battle of the Books Reel 2, Tooksook, 2/13/01." Diana Wibers serves as moderator for the school district's Battle of the Books final between third and fourth grade teams from Kilbuck School in Bethel and Tooksook Bay. This is followed by a partial program about the writing center.
[Beluga whale hunt]
[Beluga whale hunt]
The filmmaker's original labeling scheme has AAF-20049 numbered as Bacon 11-03 and titled “Air Shots of Kotzebue 1981.” Reed Bovee interviewed filmmaker Bill Bacon in 2010, and the following information about the group of films that includes this film is based on Bovee's notes from that interview: “Chilkat dancers, carving on the largest totem pole - The Japanese were having a World’s Fair and they wanted to have the largest totem pole so they went to Haines to have it carved; it was huge - Inuit Circumpolar Conference meeting in Nuke, Greenland in 1980, beluga hunting in Kotzebue - In the evening when the hunters bring in the whales they cut them up and hang them to dry - Nome inside shots of Omiak - When he went to Egg Island, big Omiak Eskimos climbed up the cliffs and got the bird eggs, puffin and seagull eggs - They get up there and drop the eggs down to a guy that catches them, and then he gives them to a guy in a boat where he has a basket with grass in it and they fill up the baskets - Bill got up the hill and it was so slippery from bird droppings that he kept slipping so he could not get down - They had to go around and climb up to the top and drop a rope down to him and pull him up - Says it was really embarrassing.” Notes on the film box are as follows: “Barrow Nulakatuk, ICC Meeting Inuvik NWT Canada 1960, ICC meeting Nuuk Greenland July 1, 1980, Eskimos going to ECC Island out from Nome 1950, Kotzebue beluga hunters return at night 1950” and “Reel 3: Kotzebue, bringing in Beluga whales, cutting up, hanging up.”
[Bethel Alternative Boarding School student discussion]
[Bethel Alternative Boarding School student discussion]
This videotape is labeled "BABS video, Time: 11:55." According to notes accompanying the collection, the video is about the Bethel Alternative Boarding School, later known as the Kuskokwim Learning Academy. It contains footage of students talking about drinking and alcohol issues.
[Bilingual education and Teacher Corps guidelines]
[Bilingual education and Teacher Corps guidelines]
AAF-13167 is a 1/2-inch open reel videotape labeled "John Collier Dec 10 PM Session, #1 Navajo Indian Community, #2 Mic Murphy and Interior Council and voting for [illegible], #3 Presentation of [illegible] to mic, Ray and [illegible] - miscellaneous candid shots of group." It contains scenes of speakers talking to college students or new teachers prior to their returning to communities. Topics include bilingual education for Native American students and Teacher Corps guidelines.
[Bill Bacon KAKM interview]
[Bill Bacon KAKM interview]
KAKM-TV interview with filmmaker Bill Bacon on the program "Something to Say." Program 110. Recorded on November 24, 1980. Air date was December 18, 1980. Produced and hosted by Carroll Hodge, and produced and directed by Ron Eagle. Copyright 1980 KAKM. Bacon talks about filming wildlife, Walt Disney, overcoming camera challenges, doing stunt work, working on Mount McKinley (Denali) with dog teams, his early life in Pennsylvania, his experiences after being in the Navy during World War II, meeting pilot Douglas “Wrong Way” Corrigan, his arrival in Alaska, learning the art of filmmaking, being a freelance filmmaker, operating cameras in cold weather, working for the Alaska Oil and Gas Association, communicating between Alaska Natives and oil companies, filming scenes of whaling for the Eskimo Whaling Commission, his support of subsistence hunting, and being stranded on the St. Augustine volcano.
[Bill Larry collection 8]
[Bill Larry collection 8]
This footage shows the start of multiple snow machine races, including Le Mans style starts at an oval track with bleachers and additional races at the Tanana Valley Fairground's (?) oval track.
[Bill Larry collection 9]
[Bill Larry collection 9]
This video shows sled dog race teams in Creamers Field, Bill demonstrating a dirt bike, new motorcycles at Larry's Cycle Sales and Service, spring waterfowl, minor flooding in Johnson Subdivision, people unloading and test riding motorcycles at Larry's Cycle Sales and Service, a motorcycle race on an oval track at the fairgrounds, sled dog races at the ADMA track, construction work on the expansion of Larry's Cycle Sales and Service, and family activities around a house. Notes on the original can and film say "1967 dog races, Cheryl and Orvall, 1967 motorcycle races at fairground, ducks and geese at Creamers Field, Bultaco, flood 1967, 1968 4th of July race, trophy race, 1968 dog team mushing, 1968 dog races, 1969 shop and family."
[birch bark container]
[birch bark container]
Notes on the film reel says "Native woman demonstrates tracing and cutting pattern from small birch bark container."
[Bird dogs, parade, earthquake damage, winter scenery, coastal views]
[Bird dogs, parade, earthquake damage, winter scenery, coastal views]
This reel is made from three smaller reels of film. The original cans are labeled: “Retrieve[?]; Log house[?]; earthquake, Fraiser Canyon, ferry, Alcan.” Footage includes dogs receiving retrieval training and perhaps being judged at a competition, the 1962 Golden Days Parade in Fairbanks, bridge construction at an unknown location, Astoria Column in Astoria Oregon, a Sitka spruce sign on the end of a large log, a large log building and a train display, waves along a beach, a sign for the end of the Lewis and Clark trail, waterfowl, a steam engine train display and other equipment at a museum, Anchorage buildings and homes showing severe damage from the 1964 earthquake, a sign that says "I knew it was tough to make a living in Alaska but I didn't think we'd go 'in the hole' this bad!,” mountains in winter, a car with a flat tire on an icy road, a tire being changed, a man dip netting for small fish, a coastal town and harbor, and scenes from aboard ferry.
[Boat race, Jim O'Sullivan interview]
[Boat race, Jim O'Sullivan interview]
Specific dates and other information noted on the original film are given here in parentheses. The footage features a boat race, men climbing out of a boat as spectators on the river bank watch, Jim O'Sullivan being interviewed in an office about his election campaign for state legislature (title of segment is "Jim O' Sullivan and Boat Race") (June 20, 1976).
[Boating on a river, camping]
[Boating on a river, camping]
This footage features three children in the front of a boat on a river, a boat passing a sternwheeler with tourists on the sternwheeler waving, a boat motoring to shore, a campsite with a teepee and campers, women preparing food at a campsite on the bank of a river, women roasting and eating hotdogs, a cliff face, sea gulls, and a cityscape viewed from across a body of water (likely not in Alaska).
[Boy scouts and travel]
[Boy scouts and travel]
This film reel is made up of 5 smaller reels. Reel 1 is labeled "Boy Scouts at McKinley Park 1934," and it contains scenes of the Alaska Railroad, Boy Scouts at Mt. McKinley National Park, scout activities, boys hiking and climbing, boys rolling down a hill, a flag raising ceremony, the Troop 646 flag, scouts playing on empty oil barrels, an automobile, a group posing for the camera, the steamer Nenana in Nenana, the Nenana train station, a vehicle on railroad tracks, uniformed military men in Fairbanks, and a boy holding a "Mechanix Illustrated" magazine. Reel 2 is labeled "Trip to U.S. with Family 1935, Oregon to California, Alaska to U.S., Ketchikan to Agua Caliente Mexico," and it contains footage of family travel by boat and car, the Oregon ferry, the Golden Gate Bridge, Cascade Falls, San Luis Rey Mission, and the Hoover Dam under construction. Reel 3 is labeled "Richardson Trail to Circle," and it contains views of Eagle Summit, Circle Hot Springs, road, bridges, children, the ship S.S. Aleutian, a waterfall, cars on a road, a ferry, a dredge and mining equipment, hydraulic giants, a power or telegraph pole being erected, a dog sled, and a person on skis being towed behind a vehicle or sled. Reel 4 is labeled "Fairbanks to Yellowstone 1935 [1939?]," and it contains footage of men in military formation, views from a train and a ship, Juneau, and Yellowstone National Park. Reel 5 is labeled "Alaska to Seattle #1 1935," and it contains scenes of men in military formation [at college in Fairbanks?], the College train station, Healy train station, McKinley Park train station, Wasilla train station, Matanuska train station, Eklutna train station, Portage train station, a ship in Cordova, the Juneau waterfront, shipboard scenes, the Ketchikan waterfront, bear cubs aboard the ship, and other shipboard scenes.
[Bristol Bay sailing fleet, Dickson crash and Woodley airways, Dickson family in Anchorage, Stinson tri-motor and Star Airlines]
[Bristol Bay sailing fleet, Dickson crash and Woodley airways, Dickson family in Anchorage, Stinson tri-motor and Star Airlines]
Summary: Part 1 (AAF-1158) footage includes Palmer buildings, the Tusk in Merrill Pass, stone marten furs, loading meat in Woodley floatplane near Nome, a sunset, spawning salmon, an aerial view of a river, an unidentified town, sport fishermen with mosquito nets, Bristol Bay sailing fleet fishing for salmon, pulling nets, a cannery, Star Airlines Bellanca on floats, a sailing fleet under sail, a cormorant nest, an airplane shadow with a circular rainbow, a fishing fleet, unloading fish at a cannery, and cannery activity. Part 2 (AAF-1159) includes Star Airlines Bellanca airplane on floats at Lake Spenard, Dickson Airways Waco biplane nosed over in ice on Prince William Sound island, Bud Seltenreich and Art Woodley with Coast Guard rescuers, Art Woodley drinking coffee, the Coast Guard cutter Haida, Woodley airplane and Dickson Waco, Bud Seltenreich and Roy Dickson under a rock outcropping used for shelter, mountains and steaming inactive volcanoes, Aiachak crater and Katmai crater. Additional footage features magma in St. Augustine volcano following the March 26 1931 eruption, Mt Redoubt, Woodley Travelair suspended from an Alaska Railroad crane during the conversion to floats, Mt. McKinley, a forest fire, Sand Point seen from the air, Aleutian Islands, Dr. Walkowski and an injured worker being loaded into Woodley Travelair on July 14 1937, mountains, Woodley float planes, Art Woodley with an Eskimo man in a kayak, Roy Dickson and a salesman, a spring flood on the Yukon River with Woodley float plane tied to a house, an unidentified village seen from the air, a fishwheel, a Nome bicycle race, an egg race, high kick, a blanket toss, games, King Island Eskimo kayak and umiak races, and an aerial view of the Yukon River.
[Bud Anderson film collection 1]
[Bud Anderson film collection 1]
This footage features a family with babies, cutting up moose meat, and a Golden Days Parade. Notes on the original film can say "September 1963 Glen and kids, cutting moose, July 1968 Golden Days parade, Grandma and Grandpa camping."
[Bud Anderson film collection 2]
[Bud Anderson film collection 2]
Footage includes moose in yard, a child building a snow fort, Caterpillar tractors and other heavy equipment clearing snow and opening Steese Highway during spring, and children playing in a puddle with an inner tube as a make-shift boat.
[Bud Anderson film collection 3]
[Bud Anderson film collection 3]
Footage includes children playing with a basketball, highway travel, a car pulling a camper, a picnic, cars waiting for a ferry at Haines, arrival and travel on the Alaska Marine Highway System ferry "Wickersham," and family activities outside of Alaska.
[Burrows Advertising commercials 1]
[Burrows Advertising commercials 1]
AAF-16092 is labeled, “Burrows No. 1 - Bill Burrows Master Edit Tape” and contains the following Fairbanks-area television commercials from about 1989: Mike’s Chevron and Dale’s Chevron - Dairy Queen Parfait; J.C. Penney - Jewelry; Tesco - Parts; J.C. Penney - Fall Wardrobe; Mike’s Chevron - Air Conditioning July 1988; Young’s Gear and Drivelines 1 to 3 - Spring 1989; Tip Top Chevrolet - Indiana Jones; Auto Service Company - What It Takes and Reasons; Tip Top Chevrolet - No Fine Print No. 1; Compeau’s - Skidoo Long Track and Performance; Auto Service Company - Service; Mike’s Chevron and Dale’s Chevron - Dairy Queen Sundae Paper Bag; Auto Service Company - August All Trac; and Tip Top Chevrolet - 1989 Sellathon.
[Burrows Advertising commercials 2]
[Burrows Advertising commercials 2]
AAF-16093 is labeled, “Burrows No. 2 - Bill Burrows Edit Master 9/89,” and it contains the following Fairbanks-area television commercials from 1989: Tip Top Chevrolet - Set Your Sights; Auto Service Company - Touch Down 1 and 2 and Cars Stacking; Mike’s Chevron - Atlas Tire Sale; Tip Top Chevrolet - Last Crusade and Anniversary ’57 Chevy; Young’s Gear and Drivelines - Positraction; Auto Service Company - Year End Clearance; Tip Top Chevrolet - 1990 Excited Lumina, 1990 Excited Tracker, 1990 Excited Storm, 1990 Excited 10 seconds, Bear Tracker, and Christmas 30 seconds and 10 seconds; Young’s Gear and Drivelines - C.V. Special; Tip Top Chevrolet - Back to the Future; Tesco - Electronics and Design and Parts; Mike’s Chevron and Dale’s Chevron - Super Dog; Tip Top Chevrolet - Anniversary 1990 [producer notes indicate this spot is “ok to use for 1993 sale”]; Campbell Sports - Pre-Season Bike; FLOT - Opera; Campbell Sports - Screens, Pre-Season Softball, and 90 Days; Dairy Queen 50 year anniversary; and Tip Top Chevrolet.
[Burrows Advertising commercials 3]
[Burrows Advertising commercials 3]
AAF-16094 is labeled, “Burrows No. 3 - Bill Burrows Edit Master” and contains the following Fairbanks-area television commercials from about 1990: Campbell’s Sports - Cycle Madness; Mike’s Chevron - U-Haul; Young’s Gear and Drivelines - Full Load; Cambell’s Sports - Rental and Trek Fest; Mike’s Chevron - Tire Sale 2; Tip Top Chevrolet - Reasons (with Roy, Deb, Ron, and Phil), Reasons (with Steve, Pat, Royce, and Larry), Reasons (with Jim, Scotty, Ron, and Roy), and Reasons (with Ralph the Dog); Fairbanks Camper Sales - Flair; Tip Top Chevrolet - Dick Tracy; Mike’s Chevron and Dal’s Chevron - Troy Dairy Queen; Tip Top Chevrolet - Golden Days 1990; Auto Service Company - Calibre; Compeau’s; Auto Service Company - No Trouble; Mike’s Chevron - Full Service; Tip Top Chevrolet - Southside and Bunny Hops Stationery; Campbell’s Sports - Season; Pike’s Landing - Menu 1 and 2; Mike’s Chevron - Atlas Tires; Sourdough Fuel - Saver; Tip Top Chevrolet - Mission, New Showroom 30 seconds, New Showroom 10 seconds 1 and 2; Shoppers Forum - Family 1 and 2; Tesco - Parts, Lighting, and Electronics; Fairbanks Fast Foto - Christmas Gift; Shoppers Forum - Yes Virginia 1-3; Compeau’s - Christmas Package; Campell’s Sports - Kids; and portion of car commercial rap.
[Burrows Advertising commercials 4]
[Burrows Advertising commercials 4]
AAF-16095 is labeled, “Bill Burrows Edit Master No. 4,” and it contains the following Fairbanks-area television commercials from about 1991: Auto Service Company - Roof Cave In; Tip Top Chevrolet - Top Rock II; Compeau’s Winter Break I to III; Tesco - Cool Down Sale and Lightolier; Auto Service Company - Back in Showroom; Mike’s Chevron - Warm Memories; Auto Service Company - Time to Sell and Compare Camry; Mike’s Chevron and Dale’s Chevron - Mini Service and Quarter Pounder; Tip Top Chevrolet - Feeling Good New Car and Feeling Good Warm Weather; Auto Service Company (two commercials); Mike’s Chevron and Dale’s Chevron; Tip Top Chevrolet and Jaybird’s Wing World; Tip Top Chevrolet - Feel Good, and I Feel Good I and II; U-Save Auto Rental; Auto Service Company - Goodyear 1991, New Look and Eagle 1991; Tip Top Chevrolet - Robby Hood; Auto Service Company - Paseao; Fairbanks Fourth of July Celebration; Sourdough Fuel - Responsibility and Dependability; Auto Service Company - Great Day; Campbell’s Sports - Huffy Throw; Tip Top Chevrolet - Determinator; Jackovich - Summer; Young’s Gear and Drivelines - New Location; Compeau’s - Fair; Sourdough Fuel - Pancakes; Tip Top Chevrolet - Southside 1991; Auto Service Company - Tercel; Mike’s Chevron and Dale’s Chevron - McDonald’s Shake; Sourdough Fuel - Bill G; Tip Top Chevrolet - Used Car 1991; and Compeau’s - Ice Breaker.
[Burrows Advertising commercials 5]
[Burrows Advertising commercials 5]
AAF-16096 is labeled, “Bill Burrows Edit Master No. 5,” and it contains the following Fairbanks-area television commercials and political campaign commercials from about 1991 and 1992: Bonnie Williams for Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor - Shooting Range, Leadership, Carlson Center, Education and Schools, and Call; Sue Wilken for School Board Seat A, Fairbanks - Home and Bio; Hops Stationery - Dayrunner; Auto Service Company - Camry; Tip Top Chevrolet - Addams Family; Compeau’s - History and Bush; Hops Stationery - Halloween; U-Save Auto Rental - No. 2; Auto Service Company - 4 Runner; Fairbanks Fast Foto - Christmas; Shoppers Forum - 1 and 2; Hops Stationery - Christmas 1 and 2; Tip Top Chevrolet - Star Trek; Young’s Gear and Drivelines - U Bolt; Auto Service Company - Previa; Tip Top Chevrolet - Funnin’ 1; Compeau’s - Boat Save 1992; Tip Top Chevrolet - Captain Hook; Jackovich - Winters Worst I and II; Tesco Electrifying and Candle Power; Tip Top Chevrolet - Serious and Test Drive; Compeau’s; Pike’s Landing; and Tip Top Chevrolet - Used Car Roundup.
[Burrows Advertising commercials 6]
[Burrows Advertising commercials 6]
AAF-16097 is labeled, “Bill Burrows No. 6,” and it contains the following Fairbanks-area television commercials and political campaign commercials from about 1992: Compeau’s - Air Chair Fun and Pike’s Boat Show; Tip Top Chevrolet - H. Robby Ginther, James Bond 007 1-3; Jackovich - Trimmers, and Firefighter; Compeau’s - Summer Generic 1992; Pike’s Landing - Champagne Summer Brunch; Jackovich - Enviroflex and Weather Promo; Tanana Valley State Fair 1992; Compeau’s - Boat 1992 Fair and After Fair; Factory Direct Furniture - $100, Free Lunch, and No Compromise; Compeau’s - Skidoo Fair and Skidoo After; Tom Brice for State House - Bio, Dirty Job, Tools, Dreams, Testimonial 1 Valerie Therrien, Testimonial 2 Howard Cutler, Testimonial 3 Catey Barber, and UAF; and Sourdough Fuel - Bigger, Auto Delivery and Service.
[Burrows Advertising commercials 7]
[Burrows Advertising commercials 7]
AAF-16098 is labeled, “Bill Burrow Edit Master 7,” and it contains the following Fairbanks-area television commercials and political campaign commercials from about 1992: Tip Top Chevrolet - Quantum Leap; Don Gray for State House District 32 - Bio, Double Shift, More than Education, Resume, James Ranney, and Carol Rombers [sp?]; Northern Power Sports - Yamaha and Arctic Cat; Mike’s Chevron - Atlas Tires; Chevron Dealers - Atlas Tires; Valerie Therrien for Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly - Hard Work, Served Who, Sacrificed, John Davies, and Testimonial 1 and 2; Juanita Helms for State Senate - Life Story, Pictures, and No Denali; Family Shoe Store; Juanita Helms for State Senate - Influence and Bettye; Tom Brice for State House - Fight Fair; Samson - Makita 1 and 2; Compeau’s - Christmas 1992; Factory Direct Furniture - Rocky I; Jackovich - Weather Promo; 660 AM KFAR - Bill Burrows Promo; Factory Direct Furniture - Gloves Off, Sunline with Mike and Sue Larson, and Snoring; Northern Power Sports - five 30 second commercials; Audio-only for furniture store; and Compeau’s - Skidoo in French.
[Burrows Advertising commercials 8]
[Burrows Advertising commercials 8]
AAF-16099 is labeled, “Burrows Advertising Edit Master No. 9,” and it contains the following Fairbanks-area television commercials from about 1993: Factory Direct Furniture - Shop Around 1 to 4 and SOS 1 and 2; Tip Top Chevrolet - Chevio Bros [Mario Brothers]; Compeau’s - Francais Formula and Francais Summer; Northern Power Sports - Yamaha Surge and Cat Cash; Factory Direct Furniture - Don’t Wait and Two Rooms; M & O Auto Parts - Insert and Plus; Hops Stationery - Christmas Catalog Pre and Post; Tip Top Chevrolet - Hillbillies; Shoppers Forum - Old Friends 1 and 2; Fairbanks Fast Foto; Pike’s Landing - Dinner Special; Fairbanks Fast Foto - Try Harder, and Best Deals 1 and 2; M & O Auto Parts - December Insert 1 and 2; Factory Direct Furniture - Dispersal; University Center - 1 to 3; Tip Top Chevrolet -Year End 1 to 7 [copyright General Motors Corp]; Factory Direct Furniture- Year Ends Upside; Ted Stevens - Silver Anniversary Celebration at Carlson Center; Pike’s Landing - Sports Lounge; Fairbanks Fast Foto - After Christmas; Tip Top Chevrolet - Year in Commercials 1993; and Factory Direct Furniture- Volume Buying.
[Burrows Advertising commercials 9]
[Burrows Advertising commercials 9]
AAF-16100 is labeled, “Burrows Edit Master No. 10 January 1994,” and it contains the following television commercials from about 1994: Compeau’s - Turbojet, Seadoo FL and Seadoo SP; Floormart - Special; Jackovich - Woodpile; Colonel Abner’s Carpet - Clearance; Northern Power Sports - Yamaha Clearance; M&O Auto Parts - Machine Shop; Fairbanks Fast Foto - Mega Stores; University Center - Presidents’ Day; Floormart - Teaser; Compeau’s - Spring Break 1 and 2; University Center - H&R Block and Easter; Woodriver School - Spring Bazaar; Jackovich - Optima; Floormart - Wood; Fairbanks Fast Foto - Think Fast 1 and 2; M&O Auto Parts - National Car Care; University Center 1 - 4; Floorcraft - Stock Exchange; University Center 5 - 8; Fairbanks Fast Foto - Paying Too Much; M&O Auto Parts - North Pole and Open; University Center - 101 Gold Give Away; M&O Auto Parts - Quaker State NP Open; Compeau’s; and Alaska Factory Direct Furniture.
[Bush pilot John Thompson]
[Bush pilot John Thompson]
The filmmaker's original labeling scheme has AAF-20080 numbered as Bacon 18-01 and titled “Bush Pilot John Thompson.” Reed Bovee interviewed filmmaker Bill Bacon in 2010, and the following information about the group of films that includes this film is based on Bovee's notes from that interview: “Stan Price at his home - He is an old-timer who lived on Saxman Island - There were these bears and he knew them and he could walk around and they never bothered him because he knew them - He had a garden there - There is his obituary in the box - Riverboat in Nenana - It was put in down river from the bridge - They wanted to bring the riverboat up to Fairbanks so they had to wait until high water to get the boat up to Chena but it could not fit under the bridge - There was a big pole in the way so they had to take a big saw and cut enough of the pole to make it under the bridge - Homesteader Paul Elbert’s new D9 cat. He is cleaning his farmland outside of Fairbanks in a place called ‘Happy Valley.’" Notes on the film box are as follows: “Stan Price at his home with the bears, Rusty Heurlin at his log home in Ester June 1974, break-up 1961, Riverboat Nenana under the bridge in Nenana, coming up the Chena River tying up in Fairbanks, Obituary of Stanton Price” and “ Reel 1: Bush pilot John Thompson.”
[Camping, outdoor scenes, and scenes from an airport]
[Camping, outdoor scenes, and scenes from an airport]
This footage features a woman on a swingset next to a lake, a woman and a man paddling a canoe, palm trees, a beach, a city, a woman modeling dresses and furs in front of a brick house, a well-dressed woman and man getting into a car in winter, driving, a woman and man getting out of a car, a landscape viewed from a moving vehicle, an airplane on the tarmac, two women boarding an airplane at an airport, an airplane being fueled at an airport, women picking produce in a field, a group of people eating at a picnic table, and airplanes taking off at the airport.
[Caribou herds and Alaska Native village]
[Caribou herds and Alaska Native village]
This film contains a variety of scenes of a large herd of caribou in the wild, Denali (Mt. McKinley), snowy scenes in an Alaska Native village in northern Alaska, a polar bear hide being offloaded from an airplane, a woman and a children posing for the camera, two boys demonstrating traditional Alaska Native dance, a woman hugging a small baby, a woman with a large fur ruff on her parka hood, a man and woman wearing parkas, boys demonstrating Alaska Native dance, aerial views of a reindeer or caribou herd, dog sleds approaching a herd, and men butchering a reindeer or caribou on the tundra.
[Carving totem]
[Carving totem]
The filmmaker's original labeling scheme has AAF-20051 numbered as Bacon 11-05 and titled “Carving Totem for Japan World's Fair.” Reed Bovee interviewed filmmaker Bill Bacon in 2010, and the following information about the group of films that includes this film is based on Bovee's notes from that interview: “Chilkat dancers, carving on the largest totem pole - The Japanese were having a World’s Fair and they wanted to have the largest totem pole so they went to Haines to have it carved; it was huge - Inuit Circumpolar Conference meeting in Nuke, Greenland in 1980, beluga hunting in Kotzebue - In the evening when the hunters bring in the whales they cut them up and hang them to dry - Nome inside shots of Omiak - When he went to Egg Island, big Omiak Eskimos climbed up the cliffs and got the bird eggs, puffin and seagull eggs - They get up there and drop the eggs down to a guy that catches them, and then he gives them to a guy in a boat where he has a basket with grass in it and they fill up the baskets - Bill got up the hill and it was so slippery from bird droppings that he kept slipping so he could not get down - They had to go around and climb up to the top and drop a rope down to him and pull him up - Says it was really embarrassing.” Notes on the film box are as follows: “Barrow Nulakatuk, ICC Meeting Inuvik NWT Canada 1960, ICC meeting Nuuk Greenland July 1, 1980, Eskimos going to ECC Island out from Nome 1950, Kotzebue beluga hunters return at night 1950” and “Reel 5: Carving totem, Chilkat dancers, carving on largest totem pole outside, Eskimo dance at Nulakatuk, blanket toss, beluga kill.”