ALASKA

August 7, 2009

Discovery River Boat and Chena Village

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Fairbanks, Alaska

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 III Sternwheeler River Boat

Steamboat Landing

Steamboat Landing

The Discovery II

The Discovery II

And the Discovery I

And the Discovery I

The Discovery III in motion!

The Discovery III in motion!

A Husky dog team demonstration is produced along the way.

A Husky dog team demonstration is produced along the way.

The Captain's Wheelhouse

The Captain's Wheelhouse

Reindeer (Caribou) demonstration along the river.

Reindeer (Caribou) demonstration along the river.

At the Chena village, a fish wheel and smokehouse.

At the Chena village, a fish wheel and smokehouse.

The art of catching, cutting, smoking and storing.

The art of catching, cutting, smoking and storing.

Identifying and using the skins of animals.

Identifying and using the skins of animals.

Demonstrating native tools and clothing.

Demonstrating native tools and clothing.

Natives knew one's origin by their designs.

Natives knew one's origin by their designs.

An extremely interesting narrative.

An extremely interesting narrative.

Several raindeer were on display.

Several raindeer were on display.

Canoes and other artifacts were displayed.

Canoes and other artifacts were displayed.

Birch Baskets

Birch Baskets

The salmon fish catching wheel.

The salmon fish catching wheel.

The salmon smoke house.

The salmon smoke house.

Dried salmon storage shed.

Dried salmon storage shed.

Rustic living quarters.

Rustic living quarters.

The all important heating system.

The all important heating system.

And the comforts of home.

And the comforts of home.

Another cabin in action.

Another cabin in action.

Dry storage.

Dry storage.

And now it's time to leave.

And now it's time to leave.




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