Bering Land Bridge is going to the dogs - or qikmiq (kick-mik) in Inupiaq.
A very lively week of activities occurred as dog teams passed by the visitor center on their way to the burled arch and finish line of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. There were speakers on the history of Nome and sled dog racing and on the effects of climate change on muskox, caribou and reindeer; a skin sewing demonstration; and presentations on the history of the use of Inupiaq tools like the bow drill and ulus.
Park staff provided programs on traditional seal hunting methods and stories, the history and ecology of muskox, and ice age wildlife. The giant short faced bear and saber toothed cat were a huge hit with visitors when they discovered just how huge the animals were and what specialized ice age hunters the animals were.
The week was capped off with a series of films featuring the history of the people and cultures of the communities on the Seward Peninsula surrounding Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, from the Ice Age through the mid-20th Century.