To assist us in our this project, we involved undergraduate students from UAA who have lived in our partner communities. They helped us to learn about local culture and customs, and gave us an additional glimpse into rural life and subsistence practices. The works posted on this page are from the writing of one such undergraduate research assistant.
"Before boats and motors and fishnets, every family operated a fish wheel with fish bins. My uncle Steven Gregory, who is sixty-three years old, began fishing with my uppa (grandpa) when he was five years old. Steven rowed the boat for my uppa while he set the net and pulled it in. When finished fishing, they went back to shore with a five-horse motor. In 1966, when my uncle was a young man, he went fishing with my aunt. In one drift with a short net, they often caught approximately 100-150 fish."