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Alaskan huskies pulling a sled.
Huskies onthe trail, Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, Alaska, March 1998.
(Local Legacies Project Collection. Photo by Jeff Schultz)

Called "the last great race on earth," Alaska's Iditarod pits dog teams and their mushers against the rugged Alaskan wilderness. Each team must cover more than one thousand miles, from Anchorage in the south to Nome in the north. For two weeks they face subzero temperatures, long hours of darkness, blinding winds, and treacherous climbs. The challenges reflect Alaska's heritage of survival in the midst of wild, untamed nature.

Bartis, Peter T. “A History of the Archive of Folk Song at the Library of Congress: The First Fifty Years.” Ph.D. diss., University of Pennsylvania, 1982.

Bradunas, Elena, and Brett Topping, eds. Ethnic Heritage and Language Schools in America. Washington: Library of Congress, 1988.

Brunvand, Jan Harold. American Folklore: An Encyclopedia. New York and London: Garland Publishing, 1996.

Carter, Tom, and Carl Fleischhauer. The Grouse Creek Cultural Survey: Integrating Folklife and Historic Preservation Field Research. Washington: Library of Congress, 1988.

Eiler, Lyntha Scott, Terry Eiler, and Carl Fleischhauer. Blue Ridge Harvest: A Region's Folklife in Photographs. Washington: Library of Congress, 1981.

Gray, Judith. “American Folklife Center.” In Many Nations: A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Indian and Alaska Native Peoples of the United States. Edited by Patrick Frazier. Washington: Library of Congress, 1996.

Gross-Bressler, Sandra. “Culture and Politics: A Legislative Chronicle of the American Folklife Preservation Act.” Ph.D. diss., University of Pennsylvania, 1995.

Hardin, James. “American Folklife Center.” In American Women: A Library of Congress Guide to the Study of Women’s History and Culture in the United States. Edited by Sheridan Harvey, et. al. Washington: Library of Congress, 2001.

Hufford, Mary. One Space, Many Places: Folklife and Land Use in New Jersey’s Pinelands National Reserve. Washington: Library of Congress, 1986.

Jabbour, Alan. “The American Folklife Center: A Twenty-Year Retrospective.” Folklife Center News 18: 1-2 (winter-spring 1996), part 1, pp. 3-19; 18:3-4 (summer-fall 1996), part 2, pp. 3-23.

Kodish, Debora. Good Friends and Bad Enemies: Robert W. Gordon and the Study of American Folksong. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1986.

Marshall, Howard W., and Richard E. Ahlborn. Buckaroos in Paradise: Cowboy Life in Northern Nevada. Washington: Library of Congress, 1980.

Taylor, David A., and John Alexander Williams. Old Ties, New Attachments: Italian-American Folklife in the West. Washington: Library of Congress, 1992.

Music and Spoken Word from the Archive of Folk Culture. A Compact Disc of Audio Recordings Selected by the Staff of the American Folklife Center, produced by Jennifer Cutting, 2004. [Available as a CD in the printed version of this book, and as the "Music and Spoken Word Recordings" chapter of this online presentation.]

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