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July 29, 2001 Souvenir Album:

Yakutat Bay; Hubbard Glacier


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Harbor seals

Harbor seals resting on bergy bits and growlers in Yakutat Bay. The brash ice comes mostly from the massive Hubbard Glacier at the head of the bay. (Photo by National Ocean Service, NOAA).

Hubbard glacier

Hubbard Glacier through the fog and mist. This immense valley glacier is the longest in Alaska, at more than 86 miles from start to end. The tidewater face of the glacier extends more than six miles, and towers to more than 300 feet. Though a popular destination for visitors, a desire not to disturb the seals, plus the cold, wind and mist, cut our visit short. (Photo by National Ocean Service, NOAA).

Tobacco offering

Elaine Abraham (in blue robe) leads a contingent from Yakutat in making an offering to the Hubbard Glacier (Sit Tlein) and the "Situ Qwani" (spirit with the glacier) while the documentary film crew recorded the event. (Photo by Megan Litwin).

Dance

The Mt. St. Elias Dancers perform traditional dances at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall in Yakutat. Note the traditional canoe on the stage. (Photo by Julia O'Malley).

Kai

Kai Monture, Kwask'kwaan Clan, making a presentation. (Photo by Megan Litwin).

salmonberries

Ripe salmonberries found along the side of the road in Yakutat. These are popular with local wildlife, most notably bears, and also with people. (Photo by Jonas K. Parker).

Navy SNX-2

The wreckage of a U.S. Navy SNX-2 lies near the entrance of the Yak-Tat Kwaan corporate office in Yakutat. The SNX-2 was a prototype of a Navy propeller-driven scout/trainer aircraft, and the low-wing monoplane never entered production. No one seemed to have a clear idea of how such a rare aircraft came to be in Alaska, much less in remote Yakutat, where it currently serves as an informal playground for children and imaginative adults. (Photo by National Ocean Service, NOAA).

fire hydrant

Even something as ordinary as a fire hydrant requires special attention in Alaska. While Yakutat rarely has winter freezes deep enough to threaten the fire mains, winter snow drifts can bury the hydrants, as can the explosive plant growth during the short, intense summer growing season. In addition to periodically clearing vegetation from around the hydrants, poles are strapped to the hydrants to make them more visible through the snow -- and plants. (Photo by National Ocean Service, NOAA).

slug

Woodland slugs were everywhere in the abundant plant life around Yakutat. Thriving in cool, moist areas, these slugs can be found from Alaska to Oregon along the Pacific Coast, and are the bane of gardeners throughout the region. Those with a sardonic sense of humor have christened them the unofficial mascots of the Pacific Northwest. (Photo by Megan Litwin).

Clipper Odyssey

The expedition vessel Clipper Odyssey, docked at Yakutat. Sunrise on July 29 was officially 4:53 a.m. and sunset was 9:23 p.m., but at 10:30 p.m., there was still enough light to take this photograph. Notice the almost ubiquitous shipping containers, seen in every port in Alaska large enough to handle barge traffic. Virtually all finished goods, as well as most food, comes into Alaska from Seattle via these shipping containers. (Photo by National Ocean Service, NOAA).


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brash ice

A short clip showing the brash ice in Yakutat Bay on the way to Hubbard Glacier. Most of the ice comes from Hubbard Glacier, and a few of the larger pieces are resting spots for seals. Notice how the clouds along the shore hug the steep mountain sides. The audio portion has part of a talk by a Yakutat elder, explaining how he learned the art of hunting seals in the area during the 1930s. (QuickTime format, 320 x 240 pixels, 15 seconds, 3.9 megabytes. RealVideo alternative.) (Photo by National Ocean Service, NOAA)

downtown Yakutat

Panoramic clip of central Yakutat village: the post office, a church, permanently-sited mobile homes, a grocery store, and a bar. The road system is for local travel; glaciers cut off Yakutat from the rest of Alaska to the north and east, and the Pacific Ocean is to the south and west. (QuickTime format, 320 x 240 pixels, 15 seconds, 2.4 megabytes. RealVideo alternative.) (Photo by National Ocean Service, NOAA)

Clipper Odyssey

Short clip showing the expedition vessel Clipper Odyssey docked at Yakutat. This clip, along with a similar still photo above, was taken around 10:30 p.m. using available light. (QuickTime format, 320 x 240 pixels, 10 seconds, 2 megabytes. RealVideo alternative.) (Photo by National Ocean Service, NOAA)


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