This photo of a seining party in 1892 at Port Graham is originally from the National Archives (NARA) (22-FFA-461), but a copy is available at the Pratt Museum (1999-001-0003). According to the National Archive’s copyright policy this is a publicly available record and as such, it may be used without written permission. They ask users to credit the National Archives and Records Administration.
This photo of a qayaq with three hunters is originally from the Etholen Collection of the National Museum of Finland and is copyrighted outside of fair use. The Pratt Museum’s call number is 1994-068-0001 at the Ragnar Krogius Collection. The photo was taken around Port Axel in Bear Cove. Most likely, these are hunters from Nanwalek or one of the temporary settlements on the Outer Coast. The man in the middle seat seems to have a gun while the man in the front seat seems to have a bow and arrow. I know people used to hunt with various kinds of spears, atlatls, bolas and harpoons, but I do not think I have heard much about bows. Perhaps some of the hunters might have some updates on this.
From the same collection (Ragnar Krogius), this photo (1999-002-0002) is of a log home near Port Axel from November of 1905. Originals are at the Etholen collection of the National Museum of Finland.
The last photo for today is from the Smith Family Collection (2005-020-0059), and it shows the “Chief’s House” in Port Graham. The Smith family used to live on Passage Island and in Aurora Lagoon. They farmed foxes, tended the lighthouse, fished, and the wife, Mary Elizabeth Smith, also taught at the Port Graham School. Digital copies of her diaries from the 1930’s are available at the Pratt Museum. They do not mention the Chief by name, but I was wondering if anybody might recognize the house or knows who the chief was in Port Graham in the 1930s.
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