The Alaska and Polar Regions Collections at Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska Fairbanks, is pleased to announce completion of our latest multi-media oral history website: Dog Mushing in Alaska Project Jukebox (jukebox.uaf.edu/akmushing).
The story of dog mushing is an integral part of Alaskan history. Dog traction dates back to the prehistoric record when dogs were first used to pull loads. Dog teams were a vital part of the subsistence and trapping economy in rural Alaska until the advent of snowmachines in the 1960s. Dog teams were key to the gold rush and broad settlement of Alaska, including as haulers of mail and supplies. Today sled dog races and recreational mushing are reminders of those early days when dog teams were essential to life in Alaska.
The Project Jukebox website features oral histories, historic film clips, and still photographs to highlight various aspects of dog mushing in Alaska. Topics include: dog racing, dog breeding, village use of dogs, traveling and camping with dogs, dog teams and tourism, dog team mail carriers, old trails, and building sleds.
For further information, contact Project Jukebox at (907) 474-6672. This project is supported in whole or in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Alaska State Library.