The big waves. We set shore because we thought we saw a mountain stream here, and then suddenly we notice a small cabin, we came closer – see a boat, even closer – salmon. He’s doing a project for the Canadians.
He receives money from them every year. He set up a camera on the fish wheel. He has a computer in his house, so every fish that is caught gets documented.
Because the king salmons swim up to Canada. That is why Canadians are interested in
how many of what fish are coming in. That is how they keep track of their fish. We could go and see for ourselves. We have an idea of caviar bread,
we still have some white bread left. Look at it, so bright, it only gets these spots when it spends a longer period of time in the river. At first it is silvery like this. A beautiful fish. Well, we got our fish, right, Andis?
Let us think what we could drink? – Too bad we have nothing. Practical science, everything worked out for years. The kids help identify diseases. All the education is in practice. You better not come here, we have
some serious waves on the shore. You should just wait for us. Here we found what we read about.
It turns out that both sides have different wind speeds. Look at what is happening. If they have a white collar then it means that we can’t boat now. We have water in the boat so we have to get that out. Wait and go when the wind calms down. We didn’t make it. Our maneuvers failed.
The second boat is safe, they are hidden from the wind. But these last waves were pretty fierce.
– Well, we saved the boat. – We are on the shore. This is serious, those waves were a meter high. We decided to let the wind calm down, it must calm down. I hope. The books tell us that on the delta of the river the winds may blow even harder so some travelers are sometimes forced to wait for days. Before now, we were happy because the wind blew in our backs. But now it is too strong. Wasn’t far. Your new hat. Can’t you pull it out ? –No.
– Are you joking? Crazy. It is seriously huge. There is no joking with these guys. River potatoes, tea, and some desert.
Two boats in a sunset, a man in the background. This is simply the meaning of life. Go away, away, away, away. Trained mosquitoes! On the 12th day of our Yukon expedition
one of our companions sadly lost his mind. There you go – trained mosquitoes. Raimonds, you look strange. You are worrying us. They are coming with me, you have got to see this! – I understand. It’s going to be okay. They flee when I say fly! Did you see that? Beaver. Cabbage, and here we have some mashed potatoes. I would like to state that this is a 24 hour conclusion. We shot it yesterday around this time. Prepared the meat. It stood, we rowed, time passed and now we enjoy this meal. Isn’t this great ? – Yes, isn’t this great ? Guys, we also have Jesus blood. Well, how does it look?
– Surprising. What does this look like? – Looks like people set up some pipes? Is this how they do it, Raimonds? Well, you have to collect the water, somehow. Let me put my stuff down. I’ve only seen the hot springs once in my life. This is truly natural. But it’s warm, great, we can wash ourselves up. How is it? – Hot. For me it is too hot.
But this is a moment of shock. When you’re in warm clothes, t-shirts and so on, compared to that, this is very hot. It is strange how an opinion is made about a certain location. We’ve stopped and visited many villages,
but when you talk to the people you meet there. You can feel their attitude towards other places. And Ruby is a place of which no one has anything bad to say. They say it’s beautiful, warm and interesting. Now, we are on a quest to find an artist who was described in a German authors book “Yukon River Saga”. Judging by his book, here in Ruby lives a German artist and will hopefully show us something from the past. Mammoth tusks and so on. This “No bullshit” sign is great. Nice masks. Well, he’s an artist- get it?
We should go inside. Here we have snake skin.
Some hair on the ceiling. I think this is something very weird and interesting. I don’t know how old this is… History is strange
when you can touch a piece which is… well by touching any rock
you do the same but this was once alive. It grew once and that is what generates
that strange feeling inside. This is a nail which helps me work with the fish. It helps to hold and pressure down the fish even when I cut it with a dull blade. Galina is a very uncommon place.
Other villages are not like this. Here we have a lot of available work
and that is very uncommon. In other places there is almost no work.
Maybe someone works at the post office or some other job, but generally there is no other work.
There is no work on the river or the water. In Alaska – if there is no road – there is no economy. At some point it is all subsidized by the country. Maybe somewhere someone hands the Indians some money. Here it is done differently, here, the local corporation offers money to send the Indians to Fairbanks and educate them. The road, learning, hotels, everything is paid off. Even the aviation is subsidized by the country. You can carry bags for 5 dollars an hour in the airport. You can do that. Here, where there are no roads, everything is subsidized. All of these villages operate on fuel. The barges make money from the country by carrying fuel. These people get paid so
they can supply the villages with fuel. Galina spends 4 million liters of fuel every year. Everything is artificial here. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s a strategy for mining minerals which is strange. It is not effective to gather them here. If Stalin had camps here, maybe it would be possible. When I started working here, one fish took me five minutes. The Indians made fun of me. It took me less than a minute at the end of the summer. For one man to cut 5 – 6 thousand a year is not that much. I cut 1500 fish. This shaking gets the unnecessary pieces off and it stretches the fish so it could dry more effectively. Every movement has its effect. – This is a system that has been perfected for thousands of years. The more you cut off the better it dries.
And the other way around. It’s always a dilemma. It is always a game. Every fin I cut off is
a piece of good meat but it slows down the drying process. So the drying technique changes depending on the season. The cutting technique also changes.
I change my techniques twice. This is the summer technique.
It is only effective in summer, not in winter. I move around with dogs.
When the river is frozen. I can go wherever I want because
I have a transport that does not require money. We will try to equip this boat with a steam engine, still a lot of work and welding to be done. So the goal is to make it fuel free.
I hate the necessity to make money. Money should be made by doing solid work, but then there would be no time to fish and be on the river. I just wouldn’t be able to do what I love to do. It just gets crazy, I need a boat, a motor, fuel, just so I can get somewhere. But if you have a job that lets you buy all that, you still got not time to use it all. It all goes down to either we build a steam engine or all of this is over. I can still spend this winter here,
but I have real doubts about the next one. I’ve been trying to build this engine for years, it’s very hard… it is very hard to row against the stream nowadays.