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COVER STORY


Island, a master woodcarver demon- strated the use of traditional tools as he sculpted a cedar log destined to become a totem pole.


At both Kake and Hoonah, we watched performances of traditional dances, the most delightful of which was a non-polished presentation, despite richly beaded cloaks and animal-inspired headgear, in which toddlers did their best to imitate the practiced leaps and footwork of their elders. A “play day” was scheduled for Hobart


Bay, where a choice of activities awaited at an Allen Marine exclusive location, thanks to a Tlingit arrangement: kayaking,


zooming around on a one-man Zego sports boat, or trekking into the wilderness on an all-terrain vehicle. Most on board chose to sample all three. As for me, I could have paddled around


the bay’s gorgeous crescent the entire day enjoying Alaska’s immense solitude in the company of leaping salmon, diving birds and curious otters. There were no extra charge to participate; the price of an Alaskan Dream cruise includes all shore excursions and activities. Binoculars are provided for each guest but good advice is to bring your own, the more high powered the better.


ALASKA TIME LINE


The region’s first inhabitants date back more than 10,000 years, developing over time a sophisticated native culture. In 1741, when European powers





were busily colonising the world, Russia – just 56 miles distant from Alaska’s farthest shore – discovered the wealth in otter pelts and laid claim to the land. With the otter population in decline due to overhunting, plus war and political unrest at home, Russia was ready to sell Alaska in 1820.


A deal was struck with the United


States and the enormity of Alaska became a US territory for $7.2million. Gold brought Alaska to prominence in 1865 and the gold rush was on. In recent years, oil has added to Alaska’s richness, making what was considered in 1820 a “folly” to be a bargain indeed. MORE INFO: For more on America’s 49th state, look up Travel Alaska at www.travelalaska.com or write to Alaska Travel Industry Association, 2600 Cordova St, Ste. 201, Anchorage, Alaska 99503, USA; phone (in the US) 907 929 2842.


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