Sunday, May 17, 2009

North to Alaska

As much as I enjoyed our time exploring the trends and fashions of Mexican Bandits, the Chihuahuan Desert was getting a little too hot, so this week we move North to Alaska. This picture was taken in 1906, and shows two bear hunters showing off their hides. Hides were nailed to wooden walls to allow them to dry, and was part of the tanning process. The men are well equipped, and really are effective in creating that Bear Hunter image. This week I am listening to old Johnny Horton music, and dreaming of hunting and prospecting in Alaska. In the left margin, select the play button under the orange chicken to hear the music, which I deem to be suitable background music for this picture.

14 comments:

  1. My picture of a bear hunter was always more like Brian Keith in "Mountain Men". I see these boys have harvested a bear cub and a fox as well.

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  2. Hmmmmm. I'd also like to say that the snip doesn't sound like the Johnny Horton I remember as a kid. Could it, by chance, be a modern remake? To avoid royalties? Can't find a decent recording to make an mp3 out of? Having similar problems with one of my Johnny Bond records. (sigh)

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  3. I know! I know! The mystery person is Jack London!

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  4. PJM:

    Wow, you're really getting fancy with the addition of music!!

    I would like to see (actually HEAR) a relevant music clip with each photo. It definitely adds dimension to our experience.

    My (maternal) grandfather (who lived with us when we were young) used to go hunting in Canada all the time. He kept dogs (beagles I think) out in the garage, he was always dragging home venison and rabbit for my mother to cook.

    I remember that my father (who grew up in a city tenement) hated taking care of those dogs after my grandfather died, and he got rid of them. And . . there was a gun cabinet full of loaded rifles right outside my bedroom door. We thought nothing of it, and we never touched them. Of course, that's not like today, that would be considered endangerment or something like that.

    There's only one thing missing from this photo - WHERE'S SARAH PALIN??

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  5. I still think you have great taste in music. North to Alaska was a very good movie,with good old John Wayne (I sure miss him).

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  6. Those are a bunch of prospective bear skin rugs.

    Do Alaskan's use bear skins for coats?

    Does Sarah Palin ever hunt bare?

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  7. Brother Dave:

    Hahaha,

    If she DOES, she'd never admit it!!

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  8. That one skin looks like a mighty BIG bear. I loved Johnny Horton songs, too.

    I agree with Mathan, I don't think that was Horton's voice on the clip, either. But still a great song.

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  9. PJM: My husband found this video clip. Thought it might hold you over until your dreams come true.

    http://www.youtube.com/swf/l.swf?swf=http%3A//s.ytimg.com/yt/swf/cps-vfl97124.swf&video_id=jbN-jO11vKg&rel=1&eurl=&iurl=http%3A//i3.ytimg.com/vi/jbN-jO11vKg/hqdefault.jpg&sk=A5tfCJlFr4fSV-EPSNAyCNlev3rXvvIfC&cr=US&avg_rating=4.95104895105&length_seconds=138&allow_ratings=1&allow_embed=1&title=Sweet%20Georgia%20Brown%20%26%20traktor%20(edited%20version)

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  10. ps. And with today's pic you have undoubtedly captured Steve's interest! I tempted him with your pics for the last two weeks. But now you are definitely speaking his speak!

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  11. Thank you for the music! I’m now contemplating to vote for option 1 or 2 in your pole …

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  12. I like the region by region approach.

    Alaska is a favorite place as it still has that final frontier reputation and living through its winters would certainly ask a lot.

    Never been there.

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  13. That's a great shot! Thanks for posting that.

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  14. i actually met johhnys son in medford ore,bout 3 yrs ago,sounds just like his dad.
    oldbear

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