Drying Fish, Yukon River, Alaska

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This view shows a group of natives on the banks of the Yukon. The Yukon flows through the central part of Alaska for a distance of about 1,200 miles. Fish is an important food product in Alaska. The Alaskan Indians catch them in what is called a "basket trap." This trap is about 40 feet long and is shaped like a funnel. The fish swims into the big end of the trap, and cannot turn around to get out. The Indian moves alongside the trap in his birch bark canoe and removes his catch. You are here shown how the fish are dried in the sun so they can be stored away for winter food. After they are dried, they are put on poles so high from the ground that the wolves cannot reach them. The principle salmon fisheries of the world are in the waters about the mouths of the rivers of Alaska. The salmon that are caught here amount to about $14,000,000 each year. In almost every river in Alaska are great numbers of salmon, but the Yukon holds first place. Here they are caught in great fish wheels. Many canneries are built along the coast at the mouths of the various streams of Alaska. Because of the long, cold winters, people do not care to live here. But as the season for salmon comes, boat loads of empty cans and many workmen arrive to help catch and prepare them for market. Most of these workmen are Chinese who live in San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle the greater part of the year, and come to Alaska only in the salmon season. In a few weeks hundreds of thousands of pounds of salmon are caught and canned. This salmon is sold in all parts of the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom. The salmon fisheries of Alaska are so very valuable that the Government has made laws which provide for building and care of great fish hatcheries, so that the supply may continue. Keystone ID: 11518 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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