Minnie is one of my 11th grade students. Like many of the native youth, she makes jewelry. This is one of her necklaces. Beads come from the store. Claws come from the Yukon Flats.
So what kind of place is this, really? We are surrounded by 40,000 square miles of boreal forest which we share with 1700 people and 1300 grizzly bears. About 600 of those people live in Fort Yukon. Fortunately for us, none of the grizzlies do.