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Title:Darlene Grant - Side A Fred Ewan - Side B
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Description:Darlene Grant: From Tanana. What does subsistence mean to you? Our way of life. Native people's way of life. Raised with traditional teachings. Always got moose meat or fish in the freezer. Is subsistence important? Yes, we wouldn't be here if it was not for subsistence. People wouldn't exist if it wasn't for subsistence. Good old days was different. No cities, they worked. Today it's more problems in the world that they didn't have then. Why did the old days change? Lotta white people developing everything. Trying to get ahead. can't leave things alone. Do you think Indian people will ever return to traditional ways? No, lotta people that want to but young people learn in own ways, not traditional ways. No way to keep it going if people don't listen to old people talk. Broken in her age group. What broke? language, trapping. What do you see for yourself, your kids and Ahtna people when backscatter comes? Jobs, need a way to live if not by subsistence. We can't have it both ways, if it don't affect the animals then we can have it both ways. Subsistence is more important than the backscatter. If it is going to affect people and animals then maybe it should be moved further up. Side B: Fred Ewan, Gulkana Fred Ewan, Glenda Ewan and Junior Sanford all there. Do you have a word in Ahtna for subsistence? Nesnesyaani? We grow up with our land, animals, everything was free to us, all the time. We should do same thing as long time ago. We can't do what we want now. White people get too much, some get 7 or 8 moose for one family. Indian can't do that, we have to get one. We gotta live our own way. Cache is filled with smoked, dry meat and fish. We learn from the elders. You never expect some people to be living old ways. What did people train you to do? Make snowshoes, two kinds, dog sleds, teach us how to hunt and live. Have to walk to hunt moose not like now ride in car to hunt. Trapping - set traps, what was the first thing you caught? Fox. Is subsistence important to you? Oh yeah, if I'm young I fight for it. After we die then maybe it will be forgotten. Unless we raise them and grow them up like we were trained. Lotta Indian got knowledge about traditional lifestyle. Is it important for the young people today? Yes, Indian food is good to them. It is important for the young people to learn how to live off the land and subsistence. Some of the young people have the knowledge, not all though. All the Indian young people have a sense of traditional lifestyle. the backscatter will interfere with the subsistence lifestyle. What did they do on that land? Trapping and hunting. Hunt for everything there. Buster Gene's property around there. Everything was there. fish, moose, bear, everything was there. Gene's family was there. Lots of old time things there. Fox Lake there was hunting there in the spring and fall. Been all over back there on the Gakona glacier. What do you think the backscatter will do for the hunting and trapping? It might chase the animal away. Good for job but you gotta think about the animals. Why did the lifestyle change? Because fish and game got involved. Our freedom was taken away on when to hunt and fish. Hunt for other family members and we got in trouble for that. We used to fish down at the river and now we can't. We got three caribou and we keep one and gave the other two to family, who needed it. Game laws changed that for us. We can't hunt for each other anymore. Old days, school was not important to the old people. Teaching the traditional lifestyle was important to learn how to live. Was taken out of school by his dad. Better way of learning. Who was at Tulsona Creek and around that area? Great-Grandpa, Dad's Daddy's Dad, Skookum John, used to cut wood for him, cabin is burned down, Sanford Charley used to live down that way. If the backscatter is built there, do you think that young people will be able to go back and use that area? There will be a lot of problems in that area. Gene's are all out in the woods people. That is their country. The Air force should have a meeting with the people to explain what is going on with the backscatter. We gotta know what it is and how it is going to work. How do you think it will effect subsistence? I don't know. I think it is not too good. Gravel pit is where fish go through. . Language as given: tli
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DateStamp:  1988-10-05
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