In this interview, Lauren Cook, a member of the Wrangell Fire Department, sheds light on his dual role as a K-9 handler within the Wrangel Search and Rescue team. The interview provides a comprehensive overview of the rigorous training procedures, the nature of their missions, past successful rescues, dedication in terms of hours committed, and valuable insights into the qualities that define an exceptional K-9 search and rescue dog in the film.
This film was created at The Stories of the Land film and storytelling workshop in Wrangell, Alaska in the Spring of 2023. Stories of the Land included 7th and 8th grade students at Stikine Middle School. They worked to document and tell stories reflecting the long and varied relationships people have had with the land and water around Wrangell, on the traditional lands of the Shtax’héen Kwáan. This project was funded by KTOO through the Youth Cultural Heritage Program (AK State Council on the Arts and Rasmuson Foundation), Crossett Foundation and ASCA Workshop Grant.
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This video was filmed on Yup'ik/Cup'ik Land. Learn more about land acknowledgements at native-land.ca.