Friday, August 7, 2009. This morning in Fairbanks, we boarded the Discovery III River Boat for a tour down the Chena and Tanana rivers to Chena Village. This is a recreated Athabascan native settlement complete with demonstrations of native living and lore.
The Discovery III Sternwheeler River Boat
The Discovery II
And the Discovery I
The Discovery III in motion!
A Husky dog team demonstration is produced along the way.
The Captain's Wheelhouse
Reindeer (Caribou) demonstration along the river.
At the Chena village, a fish wheel and smokehouse.
The art of catching, cutting, smoking and storing.
Identifying and using the skins of animals.
Demonstrating native tools and clothing.
Natives knew one's origin by their designs.
An extremely interesting narrative.
Several raindeer were on display.
Canoes and other artifacts were displayed.
The salmon fish catching wheel.
The salmon smoke house.
Dried salmon storage shed.
Rustic living quarters.
The all important heating system.
And the comforts of home.
Another cabin in action.
And now it's time to leave.
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