Hudson Stuck’s Sled Bag

Ten Thousand Miles by Hudson StuckThe Episcopalian minister Hudson Stuck, known as the Archdeacon of the Yukon, published five books about his travels and adventures in Alaska, including Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled, published in 1914.

In that book the photograph below appears, and a sled bag can be seen hanging from the handlebars. That sled bag is on permanent display at the University of Alaska Museum of the North in Fairbanks.

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“Rough ice on the Yukon.”

The entire book is available to read online at Project Gutenberg, the photograph appears on page 335.

The catalog record for Hudson Stuck’s sled bag was shared with me by Patrick Dean, who is researching the history of the archdeacon’s life. That record includes a beautiful full-color image of the bag, along with details about it:

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Link to original. Photo credit: Barry J. McWayne, March 25, 2006.

07/28/04: Overall condition is good. Top of piece: Overall soiling, Decorated half – some stitches broken with beads missing, beads missing from edge, fading discoloration of yarn tassels, some tassels appear to be missing, Undecorated half – soiled, warble fly holes (near red cloth strip), fading and abrasion; Underside: some abrasions, stains (red, brown, black), general soil and grime.

culture of origin: Athabascan, Gwich’in [Angela Linn, 2020-06-19]

culture of use: non-Native 

description: Smoked moosehide; 52.7 cm (20 3/4″) x 47.6 cm (18 3/4″) widest point; heavy leather strap with metal buckle at top; front flap is 44.5 cm (17 1/2″) x 46.4 cm (18 1/4″); edged with red cotton material/white seed beads; beads on sides & bottom; some missing; inside of cloth edging is 2.54 cm (1″) strip of blue and white seed beads in triangle pattern; elaborate floral designs and large shield in center; has red cross with blue anchor on it. “HAEREO” at bottom of shield; 15 tassels of trade beads and wool around edge of flap; some missing. Carried on handlebars at back of sled.
materials: Moosehide, smoked Beads, glass Textile Metal
Used by Archdeacon Hudson Stuck (died 1920). Left at St. Stephan’s mission by Dr. Grafton Burke. There is a photograph showing this pouch in use on a sled in Stuck’s book (published 1914), Ten Thousand Miles With a Dogteam. *On perm. exhibit; Interior Gallery, beadwork. Removed from INT08, July 2004. *Selected for RBAAG. “HAEREO” is Latin and translates to “I Stick”, which was Hudson Stuck’s personal motto.

About Helen Hegener

Author and publisher, Northern Light Media and Alaskan History Magazine.
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