Dogsled racing may seem like a curiosity—a hobby, a sport, an anachronism—but for a long time in remote Alaskan villages, dogsleds were essential to survival, and the only way to get from place to place for much of the year.
They were an intrinsic part of these communities’ cultural fabric, and the skills to train and handle dogs were passed down through the generations.
It was into this world that George Attla was born in 1933 in the tiny village of Huslia along the Yukon River.
Attla would go on to become a rock star of the dogsled world and a hero to Native Alaskans, winning dozens of the state’s biggest races from the late 1950s through the 1980s.
“Attla” is available for viewing through January 15 at Independent Lens.
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