Behind the Lens: Catharine Axley

by Sarah Richmond This past October, crowds gathered in Anchorage and Fairbanks to watch the premiere of ATTLA, a documentary following the life and legacy of George Attla, a Koyukon Athabascan dog musher from Huslia. George’s story simultaneously embodies and defies the classic image of a star-athlete. The film shows how he grew from a child struggling with tuberculosis to a young man who made history by winning a record number of dog sled racing championships throughout the 1960s, 70s and 80s. Most notably, ATTLA traces George’s story after he retired from racing, and highlights the passion that led him to spend the last part of his life teaching youth dog mushing in his home village. Foll

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