Raven Radio’s first remote transmitter was in Kake, and it had been several years since I had visited the town. We listened to a talk by Native carver Michael Jackson and stories by 88-year-old elder Marvin Kadake, a proud Korean War Vet. Then we watched some of the local kids dance.
Kake has a more relaxed attitude to bears than we have in Sitka. When we were at the world’s tallest single tree totem pole (carved originally for the 1972 Osaka World’s Fair but has, alas it’s since lost a few feet to wind) one of the kids came up and said “hey, there’s a bear in those bushes.” Indeed, there was, and one fishing Gunnuk Creek as well.