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By Walter R. Borneman

The heritage of Alaska is full of tales of recent land and new riches -- and ever current are new individuals with competing perspectives over how those assets could be used: Russians exploiting a fur empire; explorers checking rival advances; prospectors stampeding to the clarion name of "Gold!"; squaddies scuffling with out a decisive bankruptcy in global battle; oil wildcatters trying to find a unique type of mineral wealth; and continuously on the center of those disputes is the query of the way the land is for use and via whom.Major topics comprise Alaska Natives, exploration and hiking, mining rushes, railroads and aviation, army operations, and the clash pitting conservation opposed to improvement, with a focus at the present debate over oil drilling in ANWR.Some wish Alaska to stay static, others are within the forefront of switch. Alaska: Saga of a daring Land indicates that there aren't any effortless solutions on each side and that Alaska will continuously be crossing the following frontier.

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Here the man was in charge, and adults taught traditional skills to boys. In the home, the woman ruled and taught their daughters the required homemaking skills. The Chugach in particular traded and inevitably fought with others, including the Athabascans. The farther south a group was, the more it could rely on salmon runs. Fish-drying camps with racks and racks of salmon were a common sight. Conversely, Bering Sea groups were more dependent on seals and whales. The Yup’ik also held Messenger’s Feasts, but an even more important occasion was the Bladder Feast.

Although its many tributaries draining the northern reaches of the range descend in haste and with a sense of urgency, by the time their waters mingle in the Colville, it is a slow, meandering river curving across tundra flats to the Arctic Ocean. All of the forces that built this diverse landscape are still very much at work. Cataclysmic, landscape-altering events continue to occur here, some with little or no warning. On July 9, 1958, an earthquake rocked Lituya Bay on the Fairweather Fault just west of Glacier Bay.

Even in June at the height of the brief Arctic summer, there was evidence everywhere of the brevity of the season and the harshness of the land’s extremes. Clouds obscured the highest peaks, but surely the summit of the pass must be close. For hours we made slow but steady progress across a trailless patchwork of toadstool-shaped tussocks and grassy bogs. That had to be the pass—right up ahead. The verdict was unanimous except for one lone dissenter. That was the pass, all right, he argued, but it was still four miles and a major drainage away—not within a hopeful thirty minutes.

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