This film is part Alaskan travelogue and geography/history lesson, and part description of the Alaskan salmon industry. Commentary is provided by Father Bernard Hubbard, who was dubbed the glacier priest for his work studying the landscape of Alaska. He talks about the three parts of Alaska: the Yukon Valley, Southeastern Alaska, and the Alaskan Peninsula and Aleutian Islands. Each regions geography, climate, and major characteristics are then discussed. There is footage of glaciers, mountains, the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, and much more. The second part of the film encapsulates the salmon industry, and animated maps show the spawning and migration routes of the salmon in fresh and seawater routes. The lifecycle of the salmon is discussed, and there are views of the salmon spawning, fanning mud over their eggs, and then dying by the thousands. The process of netting, processing, canning, and shipping the salmon follows. This film gives a good overview of the economic and geographic importance of Alaska to the United States.
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(1) Alaska’s Silver Millions Parts I &II (1936) – 38 Minutes