• Short Summary

    As part of Alaska's annual winter jamboree, the town of Anchorage stages two events which emphasise its position in the Frozen North -- dog sledge races and a fur auction.

  • Description

    As part of Alaska's annual winter jamboree, the town of Anchorage stages two events which emphasise its position in the Frozen North -- dog sledge races and a fur auction.

    The sledge races are run over a three-day period with the competitors covering 25 miles (56 Kms) each day on their sledges pulled by Huskies. The course takes them through Anchorage, out into the country and back into town.

    The participants are mainly amateurs -- known as Mushies -- but this year's winner was a professional dog-handler named Bergman Sam, who is a full-time trapper and hunter.

    The fur auction in Anchorage provide more local colour than serious business for the salesmen, for most of the business is done with tourists. However, some Eskimos from up-country attend the auctions to buy furs.

    The furs on sale are mostly Arctic wolf, fox, beaver, seal and wolverine. There are usually a few brown bear skins about, but they are for display only. These days, the State of Alaska forbids the sale of them.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACF9SOHJY7HTMN4O26YWMD93FX
    Media URN:
    VLVACF9SOHJY7HTMN4O26YWMD93FX
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/03/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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