“I think one of the greatest intentional and continuing mistakes of the Federal Government has been paying an indigenous people not to assimilate”.
Not to hijack a thread, but for an Alaskan with Indian blood, that is a very true and most profound statement if I may quote and complement you. I live not far from one of the poorest reservations, in the US.
Sad I ever left Fairbanks AK, but duty and my country, called.
PS, Speaking of wolves, seen any native Alaskans with synthetic ruffs on their parkas?
Regarding ruffs on parka's, haven't seen much of any real or synthetic ruff here in SE Alaska. My time in West Alaska, I purchased a "Mulukayak" (phonetic spelling, Yupik), which is a fur hat. Mine is made of Spotted Seal and Beaver. The warmest hat I have ever owned, they are common, and the only thing to keep your head warm zipping along on a snow machine when it's 40 below.
That hat is now 28 years old and I still remember giving a young native woman $150.00 for it. She had tried to sell it in Bethel and was returning to her village Kwethluk I think, a little discouraged.