Traditional Alaska Native beadwork on fur lined boots..

Our People Speak: Before the Snow Falls- Preparing for Winter

Before the first snowfall, there’s a scurry of activities to be done, such as hunting and drying meat, harvesting vegetables, and storing food. Second Chief Trimble Gilbert speaks about the importance of getting ready for winter. He shares his wealth of wisdom and experience with the essential activities of winter preparation. The logistics of this season change are addressed, but Trimble truly highlights the cultural significance and generational passage of these traditions from elders to youth. To view “Before the Snow Falls- Preparing for Winter” visit

This program is the September episode in Denakkanaaga’s Our People Speak series, which focuses on seasonal Alaska Native cultural topics. Please join us every second Friday of the month for discussions of a new topic by esteemed guest speakers. This program and series are proudly brought to you by the partnership between Denakkanaaga, Tanana Chiefs Conference, and the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center. Please visit the “Events” tab on the Morris Thompson Center website to view upcoming and past programs and to sign up for updates about future cultural programs. For more information about this series and other programs hosted by Denakkanaaga, please visit