Up river to Koliganek with Gusty and his family

June 9th and 10th I flew up the Nushagak River to KoliganekIt's an hour plane ride in a puddle jumper. Once there, Randy and I spent two days on the Nushagak River filming with Gusty and his family. 

Koliganek is located at Latitude 59°43′44″N, Longitude 157°16′38″WIt was amazing. 

Here's a description of the Koliganek from the SWAMC website, "Koliganek is located on the left bank of the Nushagak River, and lies 65 miles northeast of Dillingham. Koliganek is a Yup’ik Eskimo village with Russian Orthodox practices. Subsistence activities are an important part of the lifestyle. The school and village organization provide most year-round employment. A new State-owned 3,000’ long by 75’ wide runway is available for aviation purposes." 

Okay, after a few basics facts, now on to an amazing array of photos from the last few days of filming in the boatyard in Dillingham and then on up in Koliganek. 

This time working in the boat yard is with a camera and not with a wrench, pry bar and brute force on seized boat parts.

This time working in the boat yard is with a camera and not with a wrench, pry bar and brute force on seized boat parts.

Randy using the Dana Dolly. Remember the Dana Dolly  description from the blog post on June 9th?

Randy using the Dana Dolly. Remember the Dana Dolly  description from the blog post on June 9th?

Randy filming in the boat yard

Randy filming in the boat yard

 Golden hour lasts for 6 hours up here! We want to call this one Golden Hour Productions...

 Golden hour lasts for 6 hours up here! We want to call this one Golden Hour Productions...

1:30 am. Is that early or is that late?

1:30 am. Is that early or is that late?

The skiffs are used for setnetting, transportation and hunting. Just like you use a car to go to work, pick up the kids and get groceries, same thing.  

The skiffs are used for setnetting, transportation and hunting. Just like you use a car to go to work, pick up the kids and get groceries, same thing.

 

We chartered a plane from Shannon’s Air to take us to Koliganek.

We chartered a plane from Shannon’s Air to take us to Koliganek.

Getting all the gear into a small plane. The plane holds eight people. Or seven and a outboard motor on the way home. Depends on the day.

Getting all the gear into a small plane. The plane holds eight people. Or seven and a outboard motor on the way home. Depends on the day.

On the way, Randy in the jump seat.

On the way, Randy in the jump seat.

The baby shot, Momma and baby (one month old) heads back to Manakotik.

The baby shot, Momma and baby (one month old) heads back to Manakotik.

Seasoned traveler already

Seasoned traveler already

 Control panel of our plane

 Control panel of our plane

In Flight up the Nushagak River. You can see the prop in the picture on the left.

In Flight up the Nushagak River. You can see the prop in the picture on the left.

 Mounting the Go Pro on the plane.

 Mounting the Go Pro on the plane.

Mounting the Go Pro on the plane with adult supervision.

Mounting the Go Pro on the plane with adult supervision.

Jr greets us at the airport

Jr greets us at the airport

Jr's kids catch air...

Jr's kids catch air...

 ...and run laps...

 ...and run laps...

 ...and levitate.

 ...and levitate.

The kids hangin' in house

The kids hangin' in house

The bear/pilot and me

The bear/pilot and me

That's me, flying back to Dillingham - I love this shit

That's me, flying back to Dillingham - I love this shit

Inside the production rig

Inside the production rig

Outside the production rig. This truck keeps us on the road.

Outside the production rig. This truck keeps us on the road.