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8 June 2016 / leggypeggy

Alaska—where fur still reigns

Beaver boots

Beaver and beaded boots, priced at $595 a pair

My mother had a rabbit fur coat and Poor John’s Aunt Esther had a mink stole, but these days wearing fur is considered politically incorrect in many parts of the world.

I’m not a fur-wearer, but after two weeks in wintry Alaska, I have a better understanding of and appreciation for that state’s long history and heavily regulated industry of trapping.

As part of our Road Scholar program, we even had a talk presented by a long-time Alaskan trapper. He told us about the kinds of animals that can be trapped, how trappers go about their work, the array of rules and regulations they must follow, and the licenses they need.

Some animals are in abundance, including arctic foxes and martens. Others are valued for their meat, especially squirrels and marmots. There are strict bag limits for others, such as wolverines and wolves. The lynx is likely to be added to the limited list.

Silver fox

An array of silver fox

I found the beaver to be the most surprising. It’s highly valued for its warmth in winter clothing. In fact, we visited the Alaska Raw Fur Company in Fairbanks and they were selling beaver gloves and beaver fabric that could be made into gloves. A young couple was buying fabric while we were there. His job meant he stood outside in frigid conditions for long hours.

Having stood outside to see the Northern Lights on a freezing night in Coldfoot Alaska, I can understand why warm clothing is so important. It was bone-chilling, and even those nifty things called hand and toe warmers couldn’t keep me warm.

The only thing I could do was to escape inside from time to time to warm up by the fire.

We visited the Alaska Raw Fur Company after our six days in Coldfoot, and I was fascinated to see the range and sheer volume of furs. All so beautiful, all so soft and, yet, all still so sad.

The company’s website says that every year they travel by small ski plane from one remote cabin or village to the next to collect the winter’s ‘harvest’. For the trappers, it is a source of food or source of income or both. It’s still hard to think of the loss.

That said, the sheer volume of furs in the shop is an indication of how common trapping is in Alaska, and how great demand must be.

We didn’t buy anything, but I was rather tempted by some of their other products. I have lots of friends who are keen on quilting and beading, and the shop had fabulous arrays of fabrics and beads. I hope they don’t hold it against me that I didn’t bring back any of the amazing Alaskan prints.

Two comments about wearing furs

I spent much of December 2000 in Europe. It was freezing and I was plenty cold. We (the daughters and I) went from Belgium to Luxembourg for the day, and every second woman was wearing a fur coat.

Not many of the coats actually fitted the person wearing them (some even dragged on the ground), which led me to believe they were wearing their grandmother’s gear. That said, it reminded me how important it is to stay warm in cold climes.

Oh, and I mentioned my mother at the beginning. Even though we lived in cold, cold Nebraska, Mum didn’t wear her rabbit coat very often, but when she did our dogs (a boxer and a cocker spaniel) wouldn’t leave her alone. They’d nuzzle in against her legs and walk round and round her. I can still see it in my mind’s eye and it is a wonderful memory of my mother and those two dogs.

Red fox coat

This red fox coat has a price tag of $3295. The style is similar to my mother’s coat


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  1. sidilbradipo1 / Jun 8 2016 11:41 pm

    Quilt fabric is fantastic ❤
    Fur coats: if you live in a cold land it is normal 🙂
    For example: Eskimos, for centuries!

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 8 2016 11:47 pm

      I was so tempted to buy lots of fabric for my quilting friends, but I had no idea what they’d really, really love. If I get the chance to go back, I’ll find out. 🙂

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  2. Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet / Jun 8 2016 11:48 pm

    Totally agree with the first comment.
    BUT did you know, people are now making “fake” fur coats from REAL fur and passing it off as fake to get around the stigma…..
    How low do these people stoop….

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 8 2016 11:55 pm

      I figured that ‘fake’ fur would become a thing. I reckon that if you wear it, you own it.

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      • Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet / Jun 9 2016 12:05 am

        Agree, if you can’t grow it, don’t own it…. That is of course unless your history is steeped in it and it is all about warmth and survival…..

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      • leggypeggy / Jun 9 2016 12:07 am

        Warmth and survival are rather important this far north.

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  3. spearfruit / Jun 8 2016 11:50 pm

    I remember those days of years ago, my mother had a fur coat. And we lived in Texas! Times change, thanks Peggy. 🙂

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 8 2016 11:56 pm

      You had me laughing at Texas. Times really do change.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 14 2016 11:55 pm

      My aunt on the Gulf Coast had one, too! It was the elegant thing then. Life has changed as the world got less wild and materials that are warm enough for many were developed.
      You used to be able to find long mink coats in old junk stores and I know a few college girls that bought them for warmth as even Texas winters can be pretty bitter and cold some years – and who was prepared for that odd year – and who wanted to spend a lot of money on a heavy coat you’d rarely wear – recycled/rehomed old mink coats worked fine in sleet and snow those years. But coming in from the cold and wet, sometimes people would move away laughing “Stinky mink” as they did smell pretty weird
      Old ski coats worked for me, but surviving in Alaska is totally different even now. People need to look at context and reality before snearing at fur coats.

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      • spearfruit / Jun 15 2016 5:05 am

        Yes I agree, they do serve their purpose!

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      • leggypeggy / Jun 15 2016 8:29 am

        Yes, we have to remember what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoes.

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  4. apriltulip / Jun 9 2016 12:03 am

    This was a very measured reflection on the wearing of fur … necessity vs. luxury, thanks for these great insights!

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 9 2016 12:09 am

      Thank you for your comment. I have quite a few more confronting photos, but I chose not to use them, to keep the comment more measured.


      • apriltulip / Jun 9 2016 3:06 am

        Your description of the fur industry in Alaska left room for imagination… while the photos weren’t over the top. I realize we need to be careful not to apply our ‘middle class values” on those whose lives are very different from our own. Your post reminded me of that and I appreciated that.

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      • leggypeggy / Jun 9 2016 8:13 am

        If I lived in Alaska, where temperatures dip to –50°F, I’d probably be a good customer at Alaska Raw Fur.

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  5. starrywazzoh / Jun 9 2016 12:07 am

    My wife has a mink coat, but then she’s Siberian so what can I expect?

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  6. Vicki / Jun 9 2016 12:22 am

    I have mixed feelings about furs. If you’re born and live in the far north and are keeping alive the centuries old way of living (and killing for food & clothing) who am I to say trapping for furs is wrong. On the other hand, If animals are becoming extinct, then we have a duty to protect them before they die out.

    I can’t condone hunting for the sake of sport though – bird, fish, reptile or animal.

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 9 2016 12:34 am

      Hi Vicki, we are on the same page regarding furs. I can understand how trapping is an important part of life and warmth in Alaska. But I still find it unnecessary for any other reason.

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    • heidi ruckriegel / Jun 13 2016 3:53 pm

      I agree, especially about hunting for sport. And why would anyone go fishing and then throw them back in? I really don’t understand that, it seems like fish torture to me. If we are going to kill an animal for food, though, like a cow or rabbit or whatever, we should use every part we can, so that nothing is wasted.

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      • leggypeggy / Jun 13 2016 9:14 pm

        Yep, no waste should be the bottom line.


  7. Curt Mekemson / Jun 9 2016 3:20 am

    My Peggy visited a quilting shop in downtown Anchorage and tried to buy out the store, I think. Even I was required to pick out fabrics so Peggy could make an Alaska themed quilt for me. 🙂 As for wearing furs, modern fabrics are more efficient and ever so much less expensive for keeping out the cold and wet. My years of wilderness travel certainly taught me that. There may be a few native exceptions (and there is no money there), the modern fur industry is totally driven by unsavory elements of the fashion industry. Good post, Peggy.

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 9 2016 8:23 am

      So where are the pictures of this Alaskan-themed quilt?

      And as for modern fabrics, I had a wonderful synthetic multi-layered parka that was given to me when we went to the Antarctic. I was so warm there and in Alaska. I also had layers of heavy-duty gloves and socks, but I could never keep my feet and hands warm. I have no idea if fur would have been better.


      • Curt Mekemson / Jun 9 2016 8:34 am

        During my time living in Alaska, Peggy, I always used a layering system. Feet and hands are a challenge. One time I went on a cross-country ski camping trip into Denali and had -30 degree F temps. We took hot water bottles to bed with us for our feet and had to sleep with our shoes in the sleeping bag. 🙂 My peggy hasn’t had time to do the Alaskan themed quilt yet since we have just spent 2 1/2 months retracing my bicycle journey around North America. 🙂 –Curt

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      • leggypeggy / Jun 9 2016 9:51 am

        I had multiple layers on my hands and feet (a combination of wool and high-tech synthetic), but they were still cold. Go figure.

        Look forward to seeing the quilt one day.

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      • Vicki / Jun 9 2016 10:34 am

        Apparently silk gloves have good wicking properties to wear as your 1st layer in freezing temps. I don’t know anything about them – just read it somewhere.
        I had wonderful insulated snow boots I bought in Austria when on a skiing holiday back in 1978 and together with just ordinary thick wool socks, my feet were never cold walking in the snow, but sold them when I sold my skiing gear back some 25 years ago.
        I guess some people feel the cold more than others.
        My Father’s feet are freezing even in summer.

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      • leggypeggy / Jun 9 2016 2:52 pm

        Thanks for the tip, Vicki. I’ll keep the silk in mind if I ever return to such cold climates.


  8. Fiona McLellan / Dan Werkman / Jun 9 2016 6:15 am

    Soon as you are willing to push a animal to the brink because of fashion you have a problem. Its very sad indeed. Then we all have worn leather shoes so it would be silly to complain. If you trapped and killed that animal why waist the fur. Its a slippery slope indeed. I see it in the following way. If my child was being attacked by a panda would you be upset if I had to kill it. It would be sad no doubt but you would probably understand. Now if I just killed one so I could take a selfy to show my friends, maybe we would have words. Its the same thing. If you using it to survive etc in the Far North who could really complain. The problem is when the Fashion world takes over and every shallow, insecure wannabe someone buys a fur and wears it once. How disrespectful is that to those animals. Then again its just my humble opinion. Thank you for the great read as always. Dan

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  9. Dorothy / Jun 9 2016 7:20 am

    Love the boots but they would get dirty very quickly being white on top. For special occasions though it is nice to look a bit glamorous in the cold instead of just feeling all wrapped up like a sore thumb. Dorothy


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    • leggypeggy / Jun 9 2016 8:27 am

      The boots are beautiful, but I think it’s the bead work, rather than the fur, that makes them look so special.


  10. luckyjc007 / Jun 9 2016 7:38 am

    Very interesting post. I think if the fake fur kept you warm as the real fur…then buy the fake fur and let the animals live. It just seem cruel to kill an animal so it could make a coat or boots, but that’s just my opinion.

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  11. gerard oosterman / Jun 9 2016 8:53 am

    We also wear leather shoes, don’t we? In Finland the winters can get very cold. I did not see many people wearing fur coats. I think the padded windproof jackets are far warmer than animal skins. I don’t see climbers of Mount Everest wearing fur.

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 9 2016 9:49 am

      Our padded and windproof jackets were wonderful, but my hands and feet were freezing. Don’t know if fur would have made any difference.


  12. Gary Walker / Jun 9 2016 2:02 pm

    When I attended High School in the early 80s every fashionable girl had a rabbit fur coat. I must admit they were pretty and soft but I wouldn’t let my Granddaughters own one for fashion or popularity in this day and age. But in some climes and cultures it’s not about fashion it’s about staying warm. You use what you can get.

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 9 2016 2:54 pm

      When it comes to Alaskans, they’re in it for the warmth. Can’t say what drives the choices that tourists make. We did meet some people from Iceland, but not in that shop. They weren’t wearing fur and didn’t seem to feel the cold as much as I did. 🙂


  13. Joanne T Ferguson / Jun 9 2016 5:16 pm

    While fur might not be PC these days Peggy, I DO get it and fur = warm! 🙂 Always enjoy reading your posts!

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 9 2016 6:39 pm

      Thanks Joanne. Alaska made me realise that fur can play an important role in some circumstances.


  14. wfdec / Jun 9 2016 5:47 pm

    I remember my mother had a fox fur scarf ( or whatever ) and the head was still an integral part. As a small child I really liked it.

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 9 2016 6:40 pm

      My grandmother had something like that, but it was made with four minks. Interesting but creepy.

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  15. lulu / Jun 10 2016 8:00 am

    When fur is used practically, it makes sense. I think what happened here is that it became something of a luxury/status symbol which was offensive to some folks and seemed an unnecessary cruelty to animals. Oh well…..

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 10 2016 1:22 pm

      You nailed the issue in one with the word ‘practically’. Thanks.


  16. Carol Ferenc / Jun 10 2016 8:53 am

    Thanks for an interesting post, Peggy. While I understand the need for food and warmth to survive, I just can’t condone trapping. Hunting is bad enough but at least it’s more humane.

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  17. Maggie Smith / Jun 10 2016 4:46 pm

    where r my boots – surely u would know I would want them????

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 10 2016 10:50 pm

      Oh Mags, I’m so sorry, I bought some for you, but the sled dogs ate them. Hope it helps that the dogs thought they were delicious. 🙂

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  18. Lynz Real Cooking / Jun 10 2016 11:58 pm

    what an interesting post! I love the memory of your mom! The pictures are very eye opening!

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 11 2016 10:32 am

      Thanks. I chose pics that were eye-opening without being overly confronting.

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  19. Sy.S / Jun 11 2016 10:26 am

    I believe one aunt owned a fur coat. However, everyone else (my relatives) owned only fur collars on their winter coat. My mom had a beautiful off white collar coat…

    Aside- cold feet and hands. I bought this past winter a special pair of socks, thick thermal type. How about trying wearing two pairs of think sweat socks, next time? Regarding cold hands.. perhaps a good ski shop (in Australia?) might have some gloves. You need to not have them to tightly fitted, since some air retains warmth.

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 11 2016 10:36 am

      I actually bought high-tech socks and gloves in a sports store in Fairbanks, but I’ve spent so long living in warmer climates that my body just couldn’t adapt in two weeks. If I stayed longer and worked up to winter, I think I’d fare better.


  20. Brenda / Jun 11 2016 10:00 pm

    Oh dear, I feel strongly about this issue. I lived in Alaska for many years, knew people who trapped, have no issue with hunting (under most circumstances), and I eat meat (and use leather). But trapping makes me sick. Without going into details, since I understand you want to keep this post from getting ugly, trapping often subjects animals to a slow and very painful death. It’s not pretty. In Anchorage, every year or so, dogs out on hikes would get caught in traps set too near to trails. Seeing how the beloved family dogs suffered would highlight what an awful death it can be for any animal.

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 11 2016 10:52 pm

      Thank you so very much for commenting and sharing your knowledge and experience. I had to share this post, but I also think that trapping is very disturbing.


  21. voulaah / Jun 12 2016 3:35 am

    Happy week end Peggy

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  22. sepultura13 / Jun 12 2016 4:07 am

    I never had the “never wear fur” attitude, thanks to my Alaskan upbringing. Yes, trapping is disturbing; the cruelty is certainly something that most find distasteful, but there are more humane ways of obtaining fur, just as there are of obtaining meat.
    Great post!

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 12 2016 9:46 am

      Thanks. It is about the humaneness of actions. Right down to free-range eggs.

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      • sepultura13 / Jun 13 2016 8:43 am

        Agreed – I enjoy going to the local farms to buy produce and things, because it’s the best way to see how they grow their food and treat their livestock.

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      • leggypeggy / Jun 13 2016 11:53 am

        I love being able to shop at local farms and farmers’ markets


  23. Curious to the Max / Jun 12 2016 8:46 am

    Since the astronauts don’t wear fur when going on space walks I don’t think in this day and age hunting and trapping animals for their fur is necessary to protect humans from the cold. Old customs die hard, but not as hard as the animals that are killed.

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  24. Deb / Jun 12 2016 11:36 am

    I remember when wearing fur was no big deal and then we were educated on the industry. Rabbit coats were a big thing when I was in high school, I never had one but I thought they were pretty and sooo soft! I don’t like the thought of the animals being killed so we can stay warm, there are other fabrics that do the trick. But I must say that coat is lovely…I thought I’d buy it in fake fur…but now that I just read that they’re using real fur and saying it’s fake, I think I’ll stay away from fur all together, just to be sure!

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  25. tony / Jun 12 2016 10:35 pm

    Nice and though provoking as usual Peggy.

    I’m a great supporter of possum fur in New Zealand. Russia supposedly has beautiful furs. Some from farmed animals some sadly still from the wild. I remember when I was in Canada years ago, they still had the inhumane slaughtering of seals that Brigitte Bardot campaigned so strongly against.

    When we went to Kashgar in 1995, they had beautiful furs but from rare and endangered animals such as snow leopards.

    I’m not against fur per se, I think, but I am against the slaughter of rare and endangered wildlife. At least fur is used in a sensible way not like the slaughter of whales or dolphins by the Japanese.

    A complex subject


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    • leggypeggy / Jun 12 2016 10:58 pm

      The fur issue is so complex. I certainly understand your view on possum fur in New Zealand. Poosums are cute, but such a menace here and there. Control helps, especially if it is done humanely.


  26. Sheryl / Jun 13 2016 5:01 am

    Fur coats always bring back memories of my childhood. So many women wore them back in the day, and they looked very glamorous at the time. In recent years, I’ve seen similar fur coats in second-hand stores and flea markets–and realize how much styles have changed over the years.

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 13 2016 7:34 am

      I make very little attempt to keep up with fashion and styles, but the loss of fur is a good thing.


  27. Zambian Lady / Jun 13 2016 6:23 am

    In Vienna, Austria mainly older women wore fur coats. The younger women wore synthetic fabric. I cannot see myself wearing fur, except if I go to Siberia or some other place like that, just like I cannot see myself wearing clothing with down.

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 13 2016 7:49 am

      Luckily we don’t have to think about fur. As so many have pointed out, we have wonderful high-tech fabrics that can keep us warm wherever we are.

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  28. Alexander Lautsyus / Jun 15 2016 1:47 am

    All of these people who blame northern population for the fur clothes eat beef, pork, lamb, chicken etc. and do not blame themselves for killing poor animals. Let them go for living in Alaska, Siberia and other cold parts of the World and then ask them about their feeling. The mink fashion things look strange in Los Angeles or Miami but are organic in Fairbanks or Yellowknife.

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 15 2016 8:32 am

      That’s so true. In Alaska, for example, people hunt for their meat and the fur is a by-product, meaning they use all of the animal.


  29. milliethom / Jun 17 2016 11:58 pm

    I found this post so interesting, Peggy. As a writer of Viking fiction, I’ve researched clothing and bedding for that period and area (Scandinavia) very thoroughly. Furs for the far northern lands were a must for the winter months – as they must be in Alaska. The thing is, today there are alternative fabrics to keep out the cold. But I bet, they still don’t match furs on that score. Nowadays, we all feel it’s wrong to kill an animal for its fur – and rightly so – yet in areas where species breed prolifically and the weather is so harsh, I can see the reasoning behind the continuance of hunting and trapping. And, as with the Vikings, the meat provided a vital food. It’s funny, I’ve always detested fur coats and stoles and so on, in consideration of the animals killed to provide them, but there are always alternative ways of looking a things.

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    • jeanleesworld / Jun 18 2016 5:21 am

      This is the sort of research a writer has to do in order to be true to the story. One danger, at least to me, is that the author lets his/her opinions supersede the needs of the characters/plot. Do any of us care for the author who gets “preachy” in the story? I don’t. So to understand the motivations and reasons for a culture carrying on as it does can only help to make an impact on a reader. (Now I can’t stop thinking of Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery,” dagnabit.)

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      • milliethom / Jun 18 2016 8:02 pm

        I think I’m missing your point here, and am not sure what you are actually criticising me for.
        I write historical fiction, so I present the way of life of my characters as it was at that time. I don’t, and never would, inflict my own views on how that was. If they used furs as bedding and coats etc, that will come in as description – if it is needed.
        My comments to Peggy made it clear that I, personally would never dream of wearing furs, nor do I approve of hunting and trapping. That a culture continues to do this is probably continuing an age-old custom. I don’t agree that animals should be hunted for furs alone, but food is a different matter in hostile climates. I don’t make judgements – or put opinions in my books. Having never read ‘The Lottery’ I can’t comment on it.
        Where endangered species are concerned, that is a completely different matter – and protecting them is an issue I feel passionately about.
        If I’ve missed your point, I apologise, but I think you misunderstood mine.

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      • jeanleesworld / Jun 18 2016 9:36 pm

        Oh dear! I think we’re misunderstanding one another, yes. I’m sorry that you feel I was criticizing you–far from it. Your comments just made me think how important it is for a writer to “know her stuff,” as it were, rather than utilizing opinion like it’s fact. I was *not* referring to anything you’ve written, to be clear, but I have seen other writers commit this story-sin, and it always bothers me. As you said, how YOU feel about a practice like trapping is one thing, but how, say, characters in a period fiction feel about trapping may be completely adverse to yours, and that’s fine. They’re characters of that day, so of course their opinions on the practice may be different. What matters is that the writer lets the feelings of the characters come first, no matter what he/she thinks about their relationships, their culture, or whatever else.
        Again, my deepest apologies if you thought I was speaking negatively in some fashion towards your ideas. My own ideas were tangential to begin with, so I’m sure I missed your original point, but I hope now that you understand mine.

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      • milliethom / Jun 20 2016 5:36 am

        Thank you for such a nice explanation. Yes, we obviously did misunderstand each other’s comments and I’m glad it’s all sorted now. Sorry for the late reply. Father’s Day leaves little time for blogging.

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      • jeanleesworld / Jun 20 2016 11:02 am

        I understand how that goes. A pleasure meeting you!

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      • leggypeggy / Jun 18 2016 9:59 pm

        Oh dear, Millie and Jean,
        I hope you can get to know one another through WordPress. You are two of the most amazing bloggers, and are both incredibly important to me. Just so you know, you are both on the same page, and I’m so sorry that this post caused an unnecessary and unforeseeable rift between you.

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 18 2016 8:03 am

      Thanks Millie and Jean. The way I look at it is that I can only be true to myself, and should not judge another’s actions (as long as they aren’t criminal) until I’ve ‘walked’ in their shoes.

      And Jean, I haven’t heard dagnabit in years. Now I’ll be trying to weave it in to my everyday conversation. Thanks a million. 🙂

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  30. Dinata Misovec / Jun 24 2016 7:07 am

    We visited a native American village when we toured Alaska. College-age kids were giving lectures on a number of subjects related to the traditional life. The young woman discussing the uses for the various furs was fascinating. Of course, she had sample pelts for about a dozen animals. She displayed a coat made of perhaps four or five different animals. Each part of the garment was made of a certain hide for a particular characteristic. I’m sorry I can’t remember the details any more.

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 24 2016 9:56 am

      What a wonderful and educational experience that would have been. Thanks for sharing.


  31. federica pedullà / Jun 29 2016 6:17 pm

    The article is interesting, I love Alaska, I would like to live there, good day leggypeggy.

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 29 2016 6:25 pm

      Thanks for stopping by and for the follow. We loved Alaska. Not sure if I could live there year-round, but certainly for a little while.

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      • federica pedullà / Jun 29 2016 6:29 pm

        Yes, perhaps a bit! Kisses leggypeggy.


      • leggypeggy / Jun 29 2016 6:32 pm

        Yes, it usually gets to -50°C in winter. B-r-r-r-r!


  32. sepultura13 / Jul 1 2016 6:49 am

    I love this post so much that I nominated you for an award…feel free to disregard it if you have an “award-free” blog, though!

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 1 2016 7:35 am

      So glad you liked the post and thanks so much for the nomination. You guessed right about my blog being award-free. I’ve had to do that out of necessity because we are often travelling and without a connection. Thanks for understanding. Cheers!

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  33. BobInnes / Jul 4 2016 4:31 pm

    hi Leggypeggy. Just checking how things work. Did you really find my blog, or have we been connected via some algorithm?

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 4 2016 5:45 pm

      Hi Bob — I really found your blog. I followed a link in a comment you left on an opinion piece about the election.


  34. karencelopez / Jul 11 2016 6:03 pm

    Love fur clothing items! 🙂

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 11 2016 7:14 pm

      It’s too hot in Australia to wear fur. 🙂


      • karencelopez / Jul 12 2016 4:15 am

        Here in Manila, too. I only wear fur when I’m inside the office 🙂

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      • leggypeggy / Jul 12 2016 8:46 am

        Oh wow, the air conditioning must be put on high! 🙂


  35. hiMe / Jul 22 2016 9:57 pm

    Very interesting. I don’t dream to live in Alaska but it is interesting to know that trapping is still go on in Alaska.

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 22 2016 9:59 pm

      At first, I was surprised that trapping was so common in Alaska, but after experiencing their cold, I can kind of understand.


  36. inesephoto / Aug 3 2016 4:41 am

    Population control is a source of all this fur. Pouching is prosecuted by local authorities. I am sure that all this fur is legally obtained. Polar foxes have very little predators to control their numbers, and if they are left uncontrolled, they will suffer from hunger and diseases.

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    • leggypeggy / Aug 3 2016 11:11 am

      You make an excellent point. When numbers reel out of control, the animals can suffer a much worse and more prolonged death in their quest to find food and stay disease-free.

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  37. Kenny2dogs / Sep 1 2016 11:09 pm

    I am off to Stockholm next week, and while i am there, i shall buy a pair of unborn Reindeer skin gloves

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  38. musingsalongtheyukonriver / May 26 2017 6:20 am

    My husband and his father are trappers here in Interior Alaska. It takes a lot of knowledge and understanding of animals. I think my husband actually has a good appreciation of the wildlife and the way they live. I grew up in a totally different atmosphere down in California so it’s taken some adjusting to get used to the way of life here. I can’t really handle killing an animal myself and I’ve just kind of accepted that that is the way I am and it is OK to live here in Interior Alaska and be that way as long as I respect other people and their way of life. People don’t like to kill animals here just for the sake of killing. In the winter, we can’t drive out of our small community. And when the road is open, the nearest town is about 4 – 6 hours away, depending on who is driving. (not the best road!!!!) So, hunting is an important part of life here to be able to have meat to eat. People who are strict vegetarians would actually be too cold in this area in the winter and probably get weaker if they aren’t careful. They need to get the right kind of protein somehow to keep their body warm enough. So that would be something for them to keep in mind before coming here so that they can be knowledgeable to stay safe and healthy enough. A lot of people will come up here and then, the winter will send them straight back down to a warmer place with sunshine. Anyhow, I’ve learned a lot since coming here and I appreciate the way of life. I also think maybe it can cause me to appreciate animals even more…but not sure if that is true. I eat meat and have/have used fur products. I just don’t want to kill the animal myself or see it be killed. My husband has told me that a lot of the wildlife here dies in gruesome ways from other wildlife so that made me feel somewhat better. Anyhow, good post!

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    • leggypeggy / May 26 2017 6:31 am

      What a wonderful, compassionate and informative comment. I thank you so very much. I feel the same as you do—I wouldn’t want to be part of the killing, but I completely understand the need to hunt in places such as Alaska. And I think your husband is right that many animals suffer horrible deaths that have nothing to do with hunting. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. Most appreciated.

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      • musingsalongtheyukonriver / May 26 2017 8:00 am

        You’re welcome! I’m glad that came across well. I think I’d have a mini breakdown if I was the one killing an animal. I get really afraid of even running over a squirrel or rabbit on the road! Thanks for the reply!

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      • leggypeggy / May 26 2017 2:55 pm

        Your comment came across perfectly. And yes, I’m traumatised if I think I’ve run over anything with the car.



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