09/28/13 - 8:39pm
Barbara Shepherd stood quietly in front of the video, her face inscrutable but her eyes darting all over the screen, taking in every detail.
On the screen, Helen Dick — a Dena’ina woman from Lime Village — and her family work to find logs to strip cut into smaller strips for a fish trap. The process is laborious, the video long and Shepherd riveted.
“She’s my cousin,” Shepherd, who lives in Anchorage, said quietly. “I didn’t know she did this. I’ve been living out here for 20 years.”
Shepherd is from Lime Village, upriver from Bethel.