Wednesday, July 27, 2016
"The Final Frontiersman"
This is an interesting book to see how people exist when they live in such a remote area. They have three cabins that they live in a circuit in, so as not to put too much pressure on the animal trapping in any one area. They kill all their meat and eat virtually every part of every animal. Heimo's wife, Edna, and their two girls are used to making do or doing without. But they love their existence, and Heimo and Edna have no desire to live anywhere else. The girls, however, at the time of the writing were eager to leave, and, at the time of the new TV show, had grown up and left the wilderness.
I found their lifestyle to be an extreme version of what many people would like to do - which is pack up and live in the woods. The book was a little difficult to read because the author (Heimo's cousin) wrote somewhat circularly - going from the current situations that the family was going through (as in planning for winter, finding food in the spring), to Heimo's history of how he got to Alaska, to the political situations that evolved that have caused living in the Arctic to be closed to newcomers. But the book was a good summer read about a family that seems like old friends.