Alaska: The Last Frontier?

  • 1996 ----- color ----- 27 min ----- vhs///
  • (Human Geography: People, Places and Change series, Part 5) Those who don't call Alaska home often perceive the 49th state as a pristine empty wilderness. Their idea of Alaska may not include indigenous peoples whose ancestors have inhabited the area for centuries. This difference in perception has led to ongoing conflicts in Alaska, most recently in the Kenai Peninsula, site of a national park that is prized by sport fishermen but largely opposed by the Denain'a, Native Americans who value the ancestral lands on which it lies. This situation highlights the difficulties of balancing the needs of indigenous peoples and the wilderness with economic development and modern life.
  • Topics: (American Indian Studies, Ecology, Environmental Studies, Geography, Pacific Northwest, United States)