Alaska Native/Indigenous People

Throwback Thursday – Athabascan Style

Tanya, Angela and Al Jr. were all one year apart. Photo by taken in Huslia by Eleanor Yatlin
Tanya, Angela and Al Jr. were all one year apart. Photo by taken in Huslia by Eleanor Yatlin

We lived in a one-room cabin in the mid-1980s in Huslia. My dad worked out of town, so mom had to take care of all five kids (at the time) plus dad’s dog team. It was the house on the hill. Before we moved, there were seven of us who lived in here. My dad used to tease us and say, “A mouse ran over your face while you were sleeping.” We used to say, “Ewww!”

Here is a photo of me and my siblings, Al Jr. and Tanya. We were mom’s middle kids…all one year apart. Tanya was adopted from our aunt Dorothy. Thank you to my mother, Eleanor Yatlin, for taking photos of us with her Polaroid camera! I enjoy looking through mom’s old photos. I’m glad she took the photos. It reminds me of the old days with my siblings and cousins.

I’m not sure what month this photo was taken, but it must have been winter because we are wearing our homemade winter boots. The Denaakke’ (Koyukon Athabascan) word for the boots is kkaakina. “She made a pair of boots” would be “Kaakin gheeghonh.”

 

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