TOUCHING SPIRIT BEAR STORY SETTING

10 Cool Facts

About Alaska

1.

The word Alaska comes from the Eskimo-Aleut word Alaxsxix, meaning "place the sea crashes against."

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In 1926 13-year-old Bennie Benson from Cognac, Alaska designed the state flag.

 

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In 1867 United States Secretary of State William H. Seward offered Russia $7,200,000, or two cents per acre, for Alaska.

4.

The state of Rhode Island could fit into Alaska 425 times.

5.

There are 227 Native American Indian tribes in Alaska today.

6.

Dog mushing is the official state sport of Alaska.

7.

Russian whalers and fur traders on Kodiak Island established the first settlement in Alaska in 1784.

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Alaska is the United State's largest state and is over twice the size of Texas.

 

 

17 of America's 20 highest peaks are in Alaska.

 

 

Spirit bears are easily recognized by their white fur, but, contrary to common belief, they're not albinos—they're actually a rare subspecies of the black bear, born with a genetic mutation that gives them white coats. It's the same genetic mutation that gives humans red hair.

Native Alaskan Culture

Pacific Alaskan Island

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