Skiing Old School

Monty Rogers

Archeologist Monty Rogers

Recently, the Alaska Anthropological Association held its annual meeting in Fairbanks. One of the talks offered, co-sponsored with the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks, examined the archaeology of skiing. That caught my eye because I help with the ski club’s Sonot Kkaazoot where you can find traditionalists skiing in knickers. But as archeologist Monty Rogers of Culture Alaska explained in his talk, in Central Asia’s Altai Mountains, the locals practice a form of skiing stretching back thousands of years.

Also on the show: Acclaimed painter and art historian Kesler Woodward discusses Sydney Laurence forgeries.

Award-winning author and reviewer Frank Soos looks at two works by Nobel Laureate Olga Tokarczuk.

And Chris Lott is in with Katexic Clippings.



Theme from Julie Rafferty’s No Finer Place.

Additional music by Juke Deck

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