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THe Choice of Telida Village as my “jumping-off” point was no snap decision. The planning work which went into finding THe Right Spot for my First Winter of Alaskan wall-tenting was not something to be taken lightly. Finding An Area with THe Remoteness which I’d come to Alaska in search of was not the work of an afternoon-- nor a weekend-- it took literally scores of phone calls to knowledgeable Alaskans in resource management and law enforcement positions across the State.
I fondly recall one Key Conversation with Lands Manager Clark Cox of Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources. DNR’s Cox was emphatic about the need to break free of the State’s road system. He informed me that even a river with road-based boat launches was no solution. I’d be passing recreational cabin after recreational cabin for up to 100 river-miles before reaching THe Remoteness which I was after. Clark’s personal recommendation was Iliamna or McGrath-- my choice of Telida Village--200 river-miles above McGrath on THe Super-Remote Upper Kuskokwim stemmed from Lands Manager Cox’s Super-Helpful Advice.
THis Program and THe Following Poems are dedicated to THe Eluska Family-- THe Last Remaining Residents of Telida. THank You--Deaphone. THank You--Heldina. THANK You-- Steve Eluska and Telida Village for sharing your Super-Remote Athabascan Home-Land with me.