YUKON MEN

Yukon Men

Just 90 kilometres from the Arctic Circle, lies a town on the edge of civilisation: Tanana, Alaska. This frozen village of 200 people is at the junction of two powerful rivers, where wolves howling through the frigid night air remind the residents how isolated they really are. Tanana is part of an unknown America where men hunt and trap to survive, subsisting like modern day cavemen.

This year, after a dark and cold Alaskan winter, the Yukon Men emerge to find themselves under siege: a new road threatens to open the town to the outside world, government bans challenge their hunter-gatherer lifestyle, and a double homicide shakes them to their core.

As the men come together to face these new obstacles, each is also challenged on a personal level. Stan Zuray must figure out how one "retires" in the Yukon and decides to gamble on an old mine deep in the bush. His son Joey, who has long heard the tall tales of his father, must decide if he will follow in Stan's footsteps or blaze a new path. Charlie Wright, who has been the backbone of the town, finds himself in a turf war and looks for higher ground to escape those who will "rape and pillage" the town when the road is paved.

At the end of the day, each man will be pushed to the limit. Pushed to decide: How far will they go to live free? To be a Yukon Man?

About Life in Tanana

Just 100 kilometres from the Arctic Circle lies a town on the edge of civilization: Tanana, Alaska. This frozen village of 200 people is part of an unknown America where men hunt and trap to survive, subsisting like modern day cavemen. 

Hypothermia and starvation are a constant menace, and at these extreme temperatures, animals stay deep in their burrows or take shelter in the far hills. It’s an epic struggle to find the meat and fur vital to the town's survival. As prey gets scarce, predators get desperate for food, and can set their sights on the hunters themselves, or worse, unsuspecting villagers. 

Each changing season brings new struggles, new threats and new dangers, and to keep their way of life alive, a small band of men risk their lives to put food on the table.

 

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