2017 | Richard Carstensen | 100 pages

In May, 2017, I ferried down to the tiny town of Kupreanof, just across Gánti Yaakw Séedi, steamboat pass (Wrangell Narrows) from Petersburg. The Kupreanof City Council hired me to map and interpret trails behind their community, where mid-sized Lindblad ships guide passengers during the summer. Like most Euro-settlements in Southeast Alaska, Kupreanof is cited on a little-known Tlingit village by the name of Aansadaak’w, the town before. Today it’s motto is “Walk into the Wilderness,” meaning the Petersburg Creek–Duncan Salt Chuck Wilderness, right in Kupreanof’s backyard.

Primary deliverables for this project are a series of slideshows, hosted on cityofkupreanof.org. Check out their Trails Project tab on the header. But in addition to those short (and one long) vimeo postings, as for virtually every project I undertake, I wrote a lengthy journal. The pre-trip scoping section serves as a pretty good natural and cultural history of Central Islands biogeographic province.

My 20-minute summary on vimeo is here.

Download pdf here (10MB)

Sample spreads from my journal. I did a lot of raven’s-eye video when weather permitted.