Sightings of Odd Creatures Throughout Alaska


A walrus-ivory carving by Brian Kulik of a hunter killing a kokogiak, one of the many odd creatures in Alaska about which tales and sightings abound. Courtesy Brian Kulik.

“The Arctic trails have their secret tales,” Robert Service wrote, “That would make your blood run cold.” While many myths offer lessons about cultural norms, about survival and life skills and relations with fellow humans, spirits, or animals, there are yarns told in hushed tones around campfires or in the embrace of homes, stories so ghastly they cause even loners to huddle. People relating those tales sometimes claim having dodged the specters described.

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