Today in Huslia, a village on the Koyukuk River, an Alaska legend will be laid to rest.
George Attla Jr., Alaska’s greatest sprint musher, has died.
He will be missed.
Attla was known not just for what he was, but for what he represented: The idea of “old Alaska,” when iron men drove dogs across a frozen landscape. Now, men ride iron dogs across a thawing one.
Attla was born in Koyukuk in 1933, the middle of eight children. When he was young, he caught tuberculosis of the knee. Doctors fused the knee during his recovery.