Two new National Park Service publications by leading Alaska historians (and AHS board members) are worth your time and attention.
Arctic Citadel by Chris Allan offers a history of exploration in the Brooks Range led by outsiders who struggled to fill the blank spaces on their maps and reveal this vast unfamiliar landscape to the world. Arctic Citadel also examines the role of Alaska Native people in early expeditions, finding that indigenous people already possessed an intimate knowledge of their homeland and of how to travel through mountainous terrain that challenges human beings at every turn.
Next, At the Heart of Katmai by Katherine Ringsmuth is a history of the administration of the Brooks River area that concentrates on the evolving relationship between people and bears in a landscape shaped and inhabited by both for at least 4,500 years.
The Scientific Era Begins
Brooks River Fishers: Bears and Anglers
A New Park and Preserve
Pushing the Boundary in Bear Country
Brooks Camp at the Crossroads
Post-DCP Management Challenges at Brooks Camp
A Delicate Balancing Act
Conclusion: People and their Changing Perceptions of Bears
Copies are available from Jeanne Schaaf at <firstname.lastname@example.org>