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By Dan Rudy 

Tribal members take field trip to Anan Creek

 

Photo courtesy of WCA

Arthur Larsen holds up part of a stake eroded free from a fish trap near Anan Creek's tidal flats. The tool marks made from sharpening it to a point are still evident.

A group of Tlingit residents had a unique opportunity for an historical site visit with state archaeologists last week at Anan Creek, revisiting a traditional fishing ground.

Now known best for its bear observatory, what draws those bears is the creek's yearly run of salmon. This salmon run at Anan has long been a source of food for the nearby population as well, as attested to by the remnants of a tidal fish trap still near the creek on Sealaska Corporation lands. The United States Forest Service has logged a number of similar stake-based traps around the region, placed along tidal flats t...



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