Alaska Film Archives

[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.”
[Chalkyitsik films - part 1 of 2]
[Chalkyitsik films - part 1 of 2]
These notes are from Jennifer Jolis of Fairbanks and UAF Prof. Stanley Edwin of Fort Yukon, who viewed this film in the Alaska Film Archives offices at the Rasmuson Library, UAF, on November 21, 2017. Jolis was a VISTA volunteer and Edwin was a 6-year-old growing up in Chalkyitsik, Alaska, during 1966-1967, when Jolis and others shot these films. AAF-13933 begins with images taken in January 1967 by Jolis’ father (Bernard Jolis) and sister (Gillian Jolis), who visited Chalkyitsik; father and sister snowshoe in front of Isaac and Sally Henry’s cabin; Bill Fredson on snowshoes; snowmachine; muskrat trapping; mushing; scenes from Wien or Wright Airlines flight from Fairbanks to Fort Yukon to Chalkyitsik; first snowmachine in town belonged to Edison Peter; Jolis’ house belonged to the Episcopal Church; group of cabins includes homes of Mimi and William Salmon, Ben and Julia Thomas, Mary Thompson, Belle Herbert, Charlie and Sharon Thomas, Paul Thomas, and the Community Hall; caches belong to the Salmon Family; Jolis’ father and sister, and Bill Fredson; owl on pole erected for radio reception; two unidentified children; breakup of the Draanjik or Black River; Stanley Edwin as a child; Eagle-the-dog who was originally from the town of Eagle; Community Hall; Johnny Edwin standing to left of dog; Spring Carnival; Sam Herbert; teacher Marianne Nicholson in red coat; Simon Francis Jr. in center; Johnny Edwin standing to left of person wearing bib #5; Sam Herbert standing in center under banner; Ladies’ snowshoe race during Spring Carnival; Sam Herbert in parka on left; Bill Fredson in group; elders Henry and Sarah Williams on left; David Salmon’s wife in red skirt; Patty Salmon in white coat and checked scarf, on right; Woody Salmon standing next to Patty Salmon; Patty Salmon’s face; Abraham Henry behind sled with parka; Johnny Edwin; Sam Herbert in overalls; moose in boat; hunting scenes were maybe filmed by Bill Fredson in fall 1966; Sam Herbert in bow of boat; and also in boat are Paul Herbert, Johnny Edwin, and Woody Salmon.
[Chalkyitsik films - part 2 of 2]
[Chalkyitsik films - part 2 of 2]
These notes are from Jennifer Jolis of Fairbanks and UAF Prof. Stanley Edwin of Fort Yukon, who viewed this film in the Alaska Film Archives offices at the Rasmuson Library, UAF, on November 21, 2017. Jolis was a VISTA volunteer and Edwin was a 6-year-old growing up in Chalkyitsik, Alaska, during 1966-1967, when Jolis and others shot these films. AAF-13934 contains scenes of Eagle-the-dog; slough where fall fishing and ice fishing happened; Bobby Moses as a boy; Alice and Carl Moses cutting moose; Marianne Nicholson; Patty Salmon in canvas-covered canoe; summer of 1966 scenes; cabins with poles sticking up for radio reception; cabins; greenhouse and the old school, which was replaced in 1967 because of flooding; Bob Mott’s barge; Fort Yukon boat; Bill Fredson changing stovepipe; children playing on oil barrels include Stanley Edwin, Darryl Salmon, Robert Moses, Paul Edwin, and Agnes Herbert (wearing a scarf); unknown boy on swing; girl on swing is Isabelle Salmon wearing red; Bill Fredson with hand over face; scenes from flying over Chalkyitsik – possibly in Wien airplane – when Jolis was first arriving in 1966; fall time of year; Red Bluff, so called because of the reddish color of the soil; Johnny Edwin and possibly Woody Salmon in plaid shirt (maybe Paul Herbert shot this portion of the film); and Bill Fredson at lake.
[Chatanika, narrow-gauge, Gilmore]
[Chatanika, narrow-gauge, Gilmore]
AAF-784 images include F.E. gold camp at unidentified location, Jess Bryant with glasses, hat and cigar, Joseph Romig in dark suit with cigar, Davidson Ditch, Chatanika River, Chatanika siphon, Ella Romig next to pipe, hydraulic giants, Dredge Number 6 under construction at Gilmore, Alaska Railroad narrow-gauge train on original track from the Tanana Valley Railroad at Chatanika, unidentified people, and completed dredge at work.
Children of Akiachak
Children of Akiachak
This film was produced by the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs, Juneau Area Office, to examine the pilot study of a community child development program in the Alaska village of Akiachak. The bilingual program trained parents to use various methods for teaching their own preschool children. The program emphasized development of language and motor skills in preparation for elementary school.
Children of Eek and their art
Children of Eek and their art
Teacher Paul Forer introduces the school children in Eek to different techniques in drawing pictures.
[Chilkat dancers, totem pole construction]
[Chilkat dancers, totem pole construction]
The filmmaker's original labeling scheme has AAF-20,004 numbered as Bacon 12-5 and titled "Chilkat Indian Dancers, World's Largest Totem Pole Construction, Carl Heinmiller, Whale House, Klukwon, Potlatch Trough: Orig [original]-300 feet." See AAF-20,054 -- AAF-20,061 for associated items originally labeled Bacon 12-1 through 12-4, and Bacon 12-6 though 12-9. Reed Bovee interviewed filmmaker Bill Bacon in 2010, and the following information about these films is based on Bovee's notes from that interview: "Box 12 - 9 Reels, 1 black & white picture - Picture in box of Carl Heinmiller dancing. Picture doing the bear dance. Whale House clan at Klukwan inside Whale House. Different upright poles; they had moved the old Whale House. They had four posts and one was a Strong Man Totem that describes a man pulling a killer whale apart and his father fell out of the whale. A Girl and Worm Totem pole; she was put into the totem pole to save until she became eligible for the chief to marry. She wanted to get out so a worm came along and ate all around the wood so she could escape. Potlatch trough was a huge log approximately 30 feet long. They dug all the wood out, carved it with head on the front, legs on the back and that is where they put all the food for a potlatch..."
[Chuck Gray film collection]
[Chuck Gray film collection]
This film includes footage of Seward, aerial views of Seward, and Anchorage following the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake. Additional footage includes Alaska Dog Mushers dogsled races at the Fairbanks track on Farmers Loop Road, dogsled races with Le Mans style start, dogsled slalom race, a snowshoe softball game, the 1966 Golden Days Parade including Charlie Creamer driving a car and George Clayton with his old truck. Final images feature people on rides at the Golden Days Midway.
[Chuck Gray film collection addition 1]
[Chuck Gray film collection addition 1]
The original reel and can notes for AAF-10075 are: “Shee fishing, 1987 review, miscellaneous Clearwater, and miscellaneous fishing.” The footage includes the Blankenship Trading Post in Kiana, men eating inside a cabin, people fishing from boats, an airplane on skis, men setting beaver traps, an airplane cockpit, men hunting (in Wisconsin?), a tracked vehicle, a cabin home in winter, fishing and river travel in Alaska, a moose, a fox, people dipnetting, airplanes on floats, and a boat with “Kobuk Camp” painted on the side.
[Chuck Gray film collection addition 2]
[Chuck Gray film collection addition 2]
The original reel and can notes for AAF-10076 are: "Dune Lake 1 and 2 - 1970, Beaver Creek 1956, and Old John 1 and 2 - 1970." The writing on film leader is "Dune Lk. 1989." The footage features building supplies being offloaded at a remote site in winter, a large vehicle with a trailer, a cabin being constructed, an airplane on floats, men clearing an ATV trail, a man on a snowmachine setting traps, ice fishing, an airplane on skis, men in snowshoes fishing in open water, fishing and boating, men and a campfire, cooking and eating in a camp, and loading supplies into an airplane.
[Chuck Gray film collection addition 3]
[Chuck Gray film collection addition 3]
The original reel and can notes for AAF-10077 are: "Bristol Bay, Valdez 1971, and winter fishing trips." The film includes fishing, airplanes on floats, a NCA seaplane landing and turning around onshore, a sign the says "Welcome to Brooks River Alaska - Katmai National Monument - Northern Consolidated Airlines - Anglers Paradise Camp" fly fishing near small waterfalls, cabins, fox closeups, a sign that says "Welcome to Kulik River Alaska - Northern Consolidated Airlines - Anglers Paradise Camp," children, a boat harbor, more waterfalls, a family on a boat, airport scenes in winter, airplanes on skis landing and taking off, and winter fishing.
[Chuck Gray film collection further addition 6]
[Chuck Gray film collection further addition 6]
Footage features scenes of flying supplies in to establish a hunting camp in the Brooks Range. Airplanes include a Pilatus Porter, Cessna 170 (?) and Piper Super Cub. Additional footage includes moving supplies with an Argo off-road vehicle and a ground squirrel.
[Chuck Gray film collection further addition 7]
[Chuck Gray film collection further addition 7]
This footage features men clearing land with a small John Deere dozer, building a small cabin, and hunting sheep.
[Church collection glacier and yacht]
[Church collection glacier and yacht]
Film contains views of a glacier in south or southeastern Alaska, the yacht "Westward," and barges.
[Collapsed roof on building]
[Collapsed roof on building]
This video shows a building labeled "J & O Drilling," a collapsed building covered in snow, the inside of a collapsed building with the roof of the building resting on a large truck inside, a camper in the collapsed building, and a view of the inside roof of the collapsed building.
[David and Mike Doxey Film collection 1]
[David and Mike Doxey Film collection 1]
This original film was labeled "Umiat." Footage includes snowmachine travel, ice fishing, a large burbot, pulling nets, Umiat (?), people working on snowmachines, several DeHaviland Twin Otter airplanes arriving, scenery and snowmachine travel, a dead moose killed by wolves (?), and additional North Slope scenes.
[David and Mike Doxey Film collection 2]
[David and Mike Doxey Film collection 2]
Footage includes a family ice fishing, men with ptarmigan, Summit Lake on Richardson Highway, a cabin, a hunting camp, riverboats, freeze-up and windy winter scenes, snowmachines, camping on Homer Spit, river scenes, grayling fishing, and hunting camp scenes.
[David and Mike Doxey Film collection 4]
[David and Mike Doxey Film collection 4]
This film is labeled "Hunting 1980, Anaktuvuk 1981, Minto 1981, Yukon 1981." Footage includes a family at a hunting camp, airplanes, a man hand-propping a Super Cub airplane on skis, an airplane in flight and landing on snow, a Cessna on skis landing, men on snowshoes ice fishing, airplanes taking off, aerial view of a Cat train, Mike Doxey and Jerry Halberg travelling by riverboat and pike fishing, a Yukon 800 riverboat, a Cessna floatplane taking off from a lake and returning to land, aerial view of forest fires, travel by riverboat, fishing and a tent camp, ice pans on a river, and a man pulling a fishing net.
[David and Mike Doxey Film collection 5]
[David and Mike Doxey Film collection 5]
This film is labeled "North Slope Boating 1978." Footage includes riverboat travel, grizzly bears on a hillside, more riverboat travel, a tent camp, a construction camp (?) on the North Slope, aerial views of the North Slope and Brooks Range, and landing in Fairbanks. Additional footage includes a raft trip down river, a caribou, swarms of mosquitoes, the arrival of a Grumman Widgeon seaplane, a Widgeon with a missing wing pontoon on the tundra, and a net with several fish in a river.
[David and Mike Doxey Film collection 6]
[David and Mike Doxey Film collection 6]
Footage includes a river break-up, Richardson Highway travel, children playing, sled dog races, downtown Fairbanks, a panorama, Dawson City, waterskiing at Harding Lake, a Golden Days Parade in Fairbanks, a Sheep Creek dredge being moved in 1958, children in Easter clothes, Open North American Sled Dog Races and the Fairbanks Winter Carnival parade. Footage from 1960 through 1966 includes a family at Harding Lake, the 1961 Winter Carnival parade, Harding Lake, travel outside of Alaska, the 1963 North American Championship Sled Dog Race, snowshoe baseball, a scramble race, the 1963 Yukon Marathon, Eskimo Olympics, the 1964 Golden Days parade, dog races, Tanana River break-up in Nenana in 1965 and snowmachines at the 1966 North American. Additional footage includes Harding Lake in 1966, snowmachines in March of 1967, waterskiing at Harding Lake in 1967, fireworks, the 1967 Chena River flood in Fairbanks, boat travel on the Salcha River, waterskiing in 1968, and Jason in 1978.
[Dawson, 1964 Good Friday earthquake aftermath, Kodiak]
[Dawson, 1964 Good Friday earthquake aftermath, Kodiak]
Footage contains images taken during a trip to Dawson City in Yukon Territory, a Texaco station in Anchorage, people loading of camper, travel along Glenn Highway, highway signs, map showing the route to Dawson City, litter, a woman and a dog, signs at Gakona, signs and buildings at Tok, Forty Mile Roadhouse, Taylor Highway road sign, scenery along Taylor Highway, the Alaska - Canada border, buildings and old mining equipment in Dawson, a woman with a rocker box, a Klondike River bridge, and a sternwheeler deck. Images filmed in Anchorage and along the Seward Highway following the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake include damaged buildings in downtown, damaged houses in Turnagain, a Caterpillar clearing snow, policemen nearing a truck, a business block with buildings below street level, downtown traffic, a loader working on a street, a collapsed airport tower, a funny sign on building, a power line repair crew, law offices, West High School damage, trailers with relief offices, workers replacing bricks, fire trucks, a snow avalanche along Seward Highway, and a power shovel loading rail cars. Images at Kodiak from 1964 include filmmaker Victor Rovier talking with a man on horseback, the waterfront, fishing boats, a petroleum tank farm, a Russian Orthodox Church, downtown buildings, houses, Alaska State Ferry Tustemena arriving, cars being loaded onto a ferry, a motor home being unloaded, a float plane landing and being tied up, aerial views of Kodiak, people at the King Crab Festival, and the dome on a Russian Orthodox Church.
[Developing Alaska's resources and agriculture]
[Developing Alaska's resources and agriculture]
Program AAF-8361 is titled "Developing Alaska's Resources - The Role of the University of Alaska Fairbanks,” and “Developing Alaska's Agriculture - The Role of the School of Agriculture and Land Resources Management." Program contains images of the University of Alaska Agricultural Experiment Station in Fairbanks, greenhouse interiors, cows in barn and in a pasture at UAF, and forestry studies. Those interviewed include: Dean of the School of Agriculture and Land Resources Management James Drew, Professor of Plant Physiology Don Dinkel, Charles Knight of the Agricultural Experiment Station, Assistant Professor of Animal Science Fred Husby, Robyn White, Richard Feia, Extension Forester and Instructor of Forest Management Tony Gasbarro, and Assistant Professor of Agricultural Education Carla Kirts. Program was produced in 1982 by the University of Alaska Public Affairs Office in cooperation with KUAC-TV, with producer and narrator Karen Cedzo.
[Dick King collection]
[Dick King collection]
This footage includes a Cessna 140 C-140 taking off and landing from a river bed, men at a hunting camp by a campfire, a riverboat with duck hunters, a small airplane on floats taxiing, Bill Stroecker with a dog retrieving a duck, moving a house with a truck, construction of the Wien hangar at the Fairbanks International Airport, a young girl and boy playing, the chimney for the Wien hangar, an outboard motor-powered riverboat, a gold dredge operating, people watching a bucket train on a dredge , Bill Lavery with a whipsaw making lumber, a cabin, Bill Lavery in a plaid shirt and cap with unidentified men, men by a Cessna 170 C-170 airplane on ice with wheels, a truck moving a house, a man fly fishing, Bill Lavery working on a cabin, men with a riverboat loaded with a moose, Bill Stoecker in a rowboat loaded with a moose, a gold dredge, riverboat travel, a duck hunt with Bill Stroecker holding a duck, a lab retrieving a duck, Stoecker rowing a boat with a moose, a C-170 on ice, men whipsawing lumber, Bill Lavery in plaid, a lab retrieving ducks, children playing and being pulled on a sled by a dog in Island Homes (?). Activities on the North Slope during Dew Line construction include: a camp in winter, Caterpillars, a Wien C-47 airplane, aerial views of a LeTourneau Snow Train and a Cat train. Additional footage includes men unloading a Wien C-47, two riverboats on the Salcha River during freeze-up with ice running, ice skaters, crossing a frozen lake in a riverboat, unloading boats at a Salcha River landing , a truck hauling a disassembled C-47,a Wien Norseman on floats taxiing and taking off, children playing, a C-46 being repaired at Peters Lake, a herd of caribou, a Cat train on the North Slope, a short upside down segment of film with a fox, an Alaska Freight Lines Cat train on the North Slope with a Wien C-47, a Norseman and a Beaver on skis by a Cat train, dog races and an Ice Carnival parade in Fairbanks, a Wien C-47 on ice, a brief shot of a woman, men at a cabin and riverboat hunting, Bill Stroecker approaching with a duck, men unloading a Wien C-46, a moose, a 1 year old named Rebecca, men fishing in the ocean, children playing, a C-46 landing at a North Slope camp, people loading barrels into a C-46, an Alaska Freight Lines LeTourneau Snow Train, men loading a riverboat onto a trailer, Bill Stroecker fly fishing for grayling, a moose, a riverboat, float planes, a cabin on a river, cabins at Healy Lake (?), a man with a fish net, men hunting, a moose on a boats, Bill Stroecker holding a dead bird of prey, Bill Stroecker with a retriever, a string of ducks at a cabin, and a cabin on a river.
[Dog mushing and travel, Haul Road and skiing 1]
[Dog mushing and travel, Haul Road and skiing 1]
AAF-10401 is made up of several smaller reels of film. Handwritten notes on the original film boxes are as follows: “Dog sledding Alaska M 73/74?” “Coming into Seattle, Wash on jumbo jet, flight back to Fairbanks, snowmobiling with pastor and Roadie in Canwell.” “Chena River.” “B-52 good, Ferrons snow machines.” “Yukon the cat small part of roll.” “Flight to Fort Yukon, Circle, Arctic and cross fox, Lilly, wedding coming out of church – good picture X fox (winter) Atigun Pass, also silver fox gobbler knob, short picture tanker at PS1 flags flying, flying to Fort Yukon with Steve, Bev and I.” “Flight and Wyoming.” “Wyoming, me on horseback, corral.” “Wyoming hunting 3.” This film contains footage of dog mushing near Fairbanks, a helicopter landing, an Alaska Dog Mushers Association and Open North American sign, airplanes and aerial views, snow machines, river travel and an old cabin, a boy fishing, a USAF military airplane, snowmachines, a church, a kitten, aerial views, village scenes, a fox, a wedding, more aerial views, outside travel, Yellowstone National Park, and horseback riding.
[Dog mushing and travel, Haul Road and skiing 2]
[Dog mushing and travel, Haul Road and skiing 2]
AAF-10402 is made up of several smaller reels of film. Handwritten notes on original film boxes are as follows: “Trading post w/ Bev PO etc. – Bev in Gemes[?] stove, winter time.” “Truck Haul Road turning in Coldfoot Camp, Bev with Chena Dogs, Steve S, OK.” “Wild Lake with Gordons, river trip, truck.” “Jon and I skiing, snowmobiling at Chandler good.” “Jon and Dad at Chandlar skiing, cat train good, my new truck with Boss in Fbks.” “Skiing over Camaro, Haul Road winter accidents.” “Jon, Greg, sheep, skiing.” “Greg and Jon skiing down Atigun Pass, Fbks post office.” “Atigun Pass south, Flying with Les Zerbik[?] Waren McAllister.” This film contains footage of airplanes and cabins, a US Post Office, Haul Road scenes, airplanes on floats, fishing, snow machines, skiing, an ice-road train?, ski jumping over a car, overturned trucks on the Haul Road, dall sheep, winter scenes and skiing along the Haul Road, and aerial views of mountains and a road.
[Dog sled races]
[Dog sled races]
This film contains footage of people with a dog team, the start of a dog sled race, a dog team on a trail, a dog team on a city street, the North American Championship races, scenes along a trail, an interview with a musher, a children's game, a small parade, a blanket toss, and a trophy ceremony.
[Donald Hood collection]
[Donald Hood collection]
Original information accompanying reel AAF-740 includes: "Acona Bering Sea 1976 and King Crab at docks and Japanese trawler; Acona Bering Sea 1976 and Ken Turner and Bob Ashley; Port Valdez 1976, Vera Tomilson (?) and Ken; Port Valdez sunny day." Footage includes work and scenes aboard the research vessel R/V Acona as described above.
[Dr. Michael Krauss and Irene Reed lectures]
[Dr. Michael Krauss and Irene Reed lectures]
AAF-13169 is a 1/2-inch open reel videotape labeled "Anth 429 - Lang. in Culture Tape #III - Dr. Michael Krauss, Irene Reed (Master)." Michael Krauss speaks about the number of native speakers of Native American languages and lectures about Native languages of Alaska. He points to a map of Alaska with hand drawn lines. Irene Reed presents an overview of bilingual programs in the state of Alaska. The first 90 seconds of the video contains miscellaneous, unrelated scenes.
[Drag racing, air show, parade, construction, family, Haul Road 1]
[Drag racing, air show, parade, construction, family, Haul Road 1]
AAF-10405 is made up of several smaller reels of film. Handwritten notes on original film boxes are as follows: “Upside down truck, ag plane 28 mi, grizzlies feeding.” “Jon racing Eric’s car in drags.” “Jon’s Camarao 128 mph, Glennallen airshow 85.” “Glacier Bay 2, Jon popping wheelies, Severn’s.” “Sheep running on Atigun Pass, Bev and Katie with truck, Sheep on Atigun Pass and Katie B with cat 1983.” “Fire bombing, Henry’s, parade 1983.” “Golden Days parade 1983.” “Last part of Jon on porch very young, caribou.” “Stream[?], grizzly, Chezhs house, gold dredge, Cleary Summit, Bob Farmer, wife, Bev, Fairbanks Cr.” “Plane landing at Atigun Vern Bates, Wiseman caribou under pipeline, owl [?], Wiseman village, unloading truck at Wiseman, Vern Bate down in Haul Rd, Good pick adult caribou shot glimpse grizzly, caribou under pipeline.” This film contains footage of an overturned truck, flowers, a biplane airplane, bears, an airplane crashed on a road, drag racing, parachutists, an airshow, a post office, caribou, ice formations?, flowers, the Fairbanks airport, Alaskaland, a Golden Days celebration in Fairbanks, firebombers dropping retardant, motorcycles, family scenes, a cabin-building, an owl, a homestead, an airplane on a road, bears, caribou, and the pipeline.