Yukon Men: Is Tanana presented realistically enough to bring viewers back?

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Your Alaska Guide

Anchorage, AK

#1 Aug 25, 2012
Maybe this is entertainment for the lower 49, however those of us Alaskans who have been to Tanana know this is a joke. Nobody is going to starve to death. There is a store in town as well as an airport. While I was there we had pizza and stuff flown in from Fairbanks.
This is an Alaska village with no roads in however you can fly or snow machine the frozen river.
Jackie D from Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Aug 31, 2012
Your Alaska Guide wrote:
Maybe this is entertainment for the lower 49, however those of us Alaskans who have been to Tanana know this is a joke. Nobody is going to starve to death. There is a store in town as well as an airport. While I was there we had pizza and stuff flown in from Fairbanks.
This is an Alaska village with no roads in however you can fly or snow machine the frozen river.
I enjoy the Alaska wilderness but I don't think anyone is going to starve up there in Tanana. I heard remarks that it is a joke to keep filming this. It really has to be more truthful if it isn't. And if you want to film a program such as this just state its the way it used to be. How the Alaskan natives lived at one time.
Bud

Brainerd, MN

#4 Sep 1, 2012
There is no extreme hunger with the food stamp President in office, even in Tanana.
cookie boots

Dumas, TX

#5 Sep 21, 2012
I'm starving in Tanana
Alaskan since birth

Fairbanks, AK

#6 Sep 28, 2012
Yes of course the Alaskan villages have stores where you can buy food; but it's the COST of freighting in those groceries that causes the villagers to hunt/fish for food. If you tried to live off the village store, you would be broke in no time.
Another main reason for avoiding beef/pork/chicken is due to how pumped full of hormones and preservatives those meats are. Wild game is much tastier and healthier for you. Why do you think you have so much cancer in the lower 48 states?
RANISAVLJEVIC

Crystal Lake, IL

#7 Oct 13, 2012
That people there in Tanana are brave i love to wach ewery episode of yukon man, But also i love to see Opra Winfrie giving away some staf in Tanana like snow mashines or boats for free, is hard life there and they need help that is America too
canadian blondy

Toronto, Canada

#9 Mar 20, 2013
I love it, I wish I can leave toronto 2.5 million city and live like them. I give them full respect for what they do and how hard they work. Im done with my 9-5pm behind these grey walls at a desk, CANT STAND IT U FEEL USELESS IN LIFE. I want to get out in nature grow my own food and hunt. camping doesn't do it for me no more. I want to live like the Yukon men and women away from the city, media, governments, and all the bullshit they feed us.
Sandi Dee

Granada Hills, CA

#10 Mar 29, 2013
I love watching Yukon men and everything they go through I was just wondering how much a new snow machine would cost in Tanana
Alaskan since birth

Fairbanks, AK

#11 Apr 18, 2013
Sandi Dee wrote:
I love watching Yukon men and everything they go through I was just wondering how much a new snow machine would cost in Tanana
http://www.northernpowersports.com/index.htm
Click on the above link to see Fairbanks prices. You would need to buy in Fairbanks, then either drive it to Tanana in Winter or ship it by barge after the ice goes out in the Spring. No snowmachine shop in Tanana itself.
JIm - Dee

Cleveland, OH

#12 Nov 30, 2013
Been to AK. 5-6 time over the last 20 years visiting in-laws (North Pole). Fairbanks is like any other lower 48 states: Malls, fast food, crime, litter foreclosures...95% of things are available, the others like "special order" things like cabinets, musical instruments just have to be ordered. Going 10 or 20 north of Fairbanks you will be off the grid.
Been There

Tampa, FL

#13 Dec 1, 2013
"Is the show realistic"? How can it even start being realistic when it is calling men from Tanana Alaska as "Yukon" Men! And lets not even get into the services offered to the residents and neighbors around Tanana. It's no where close to living on the edge even when choosing a subsistant life style.

How do I know? Lived there for 2 years working for the State F&G.
Alaska Grandma

Nenana, AK

#14 Dec 4, 2013
Alaskan since birth wrote:
Yes of course the Alaskan villages have stores where you can buy food; but it's the COST of freighting in those groceries that causes the villagers to hunt/fish for food. If you tried to live off the village store, you would be broke in no time.
Another main reason for avoiding beef/pork/chicken is due to how pumped full of hormones and preservatives those meats are. Wild game is much tastier and healthier for you. Why do you think you have so much cancer in the lower 48 states?
FInally someone who "gets it." At least almost. The truth is, if you tried to live off of the village store, while making village wages, you WOULD starve! Even if you could afford to buy te food, you would have a very limited diet, since variety is limited to what can be flown in without spoiling too much.

I live in Tanana, AK. Yukon Men may over-dramatize, but under the drama is real life. Pat Moore's wife rally did have an aneurism and get sent to Anchorage by air ambulance. She really was there all spring and summer, and Pat's family really did have a hard time. Courtney really was pregnant through all that. Francis (aka "Frankie") really does have some issues with broken equipment. Robert and all of the younger men, like young folks all over, do chafe a bit as their parents try to pass along tried and true survival methods. They are lucky -- when I was younger, some of the folks still gave their kids snow baths to make then tough enough for our climate!

As for Stan and his family -- they are shown pretty much "as is." As for other things, such as wild animals in the community -- they happen. A black bear once followed me part of the way as I walked to work. Today I was told that a friend of mine spotted a wolf on the road where I have to walk.

The only real difference between what is shown and reality is how they talk about it. We are used to living here, so we don't make a fuss about the conditions. We are competitive, but a bit more polite and considerate than the show portrays. We hunt, fish, trap, pick berries, get wood from the river, raise sled dogs, and generally just do whatever is necessary. In return we live in one of the most beautiful and unpolluted places still on this earth.
Alaska Grandma

Nenana, AK

#15 Dec 4, 2013
Been There wrote:
"Is the show realistic"? How can it even start being realistic when it is calling men from Tanana Alaska as "Yukon" Men! And lets not even get into the services offered to the residents and neighbors around Tanana. It's no where close to living on the edge even when choosing a subsistant life style.
How do I know? Lived there for 2 years working for the State F&G.
Hey -- I've lived in Tanana a very long time, and I do not recall and Alaska FIsh and Game folks living inside the community during at least the past 20 years, especially not in the winter. The community of Tanana is located on the north bank of the Yukon River, hence the term "Yukon Men" is technically accurate, though many folks may think of the Canadian Yukon when they hear that term. Tanana is not as far away nor as isolated as many/most rural Alaskan places, precisely because it is near the confluence of the Tanana River with the Yukon RIver, both major navigable waterways. As for services offered in Tanana -- only part of the town has running water and piped sewer facilities; most of the community has electricity (a few homes still do not); cable TV and internet are available in most of the town, as are land line phones; there is one cell phone carrier but most calls drop if more than 1 or 2 minutes long; there is one (small and very expensive) grocery store; gasoline is usually (but not always) available part of each weekday at one gas pump; and health care is offered by a health aide or sometimes a physicians assistant at a small clinic. All major injuries or illnesses have to be flown out for care in Fairbanks or Anchorage, as do any dental problems that can't wait until a dentist visits (about once a year). There are no automobile maintenance or repair services. No day care facilities exist. There are no clothing stores; people either go to Fairbanks or order clothes (or make them). There are between two and four commercial flights between Fairbanks and Tanana every day that weather permits, but no commercial aircraft are stationed there.
Alaska Grandma

Nenana, AK

#16 Dec 4, 2013
Sandi Dee wrote:
I love watching Yukon men and everything they go through I was just wondering how much a new snow machine would cost in Tanana
We have to get things like snow machines in one of the cities and bring them in by barge or airplane, or drive in over the trail in winter. We also have to go all repair and maintenance ourselves The nearest parts and supplies for them are about 200 river miles (153 air miles) away, in Fairbanks.
Pandaracer

South Bend, IN

#17 Dec 8, 2013
THANX Alaska grandma for the info , me an my wife watch the show along with several others an are thinking about taking a trip up to alaska
Luz010

Spokane, WA

#18 Dec 15, 2013
I LOVE this show! I really enjoy the opportunity to see inside the daily lives of the show's participants. Yukon Men is my favorite of all the subsistence living shows that are on television right now.
pupsta

Kirkcaldy, UK

#19 Dec 18, 2013
can anyone tell me is there any opportunities to go to tanana and work/live???? i live in scotland but fed up of this way of life and would love to live off the land, i have some experience in building and hunting and feel i could adapt and id love to try living out there, seems like 1 of the most challenging places ever! i have looked online to find out about this but havent been able to find anything, can anyone point me in the right direction?
Jsb

Mansfield, MA

#20 Dec 29, 2013
So, if I wanted to send mail to Tanana, how could I do that?(From the Lower 48, to AK)
I'm guessing, things do not get dropped in a mailbox at people's yards. Does everyone have P.O. Boxes?
MA_Tom

Worcester, MA

#21 Jan 3, 2014
A question for Alaska Grandma:
In the show, Stan wears what appears to be a traditional pull over parka, that is tied in the back. It looks ver utilitarian as well as functional and warm. Is that something that can be purchased, or is it hand made? At 63 myself, I regard Stanley as a "man's man". He would bury men half his age in a survival competition.
Lee Howells

Swansea, UK

#23 Jan 7, 2014
canadian blondy wrote:
I love it, I wish I can leave toronto 2.5 million city and live like them. I give them full respect for what they do and how hard they work. Im done with my 9-5pm behind these grey walls at a desk, CANT STAND IT U FEEL USELESS IN LIFE. I want to get out in nature grow my own food and hunt. camping doesn't do it for me no more. I want to live like the Yukon men and women away from the city, media, governments, and all the bullshit they feed us.
Totally agree with you, i'd love to have a go at this myself.
I have family living in New Zealand and they live off the land hunting and fishing, been there and loved it.

Lee, Wales UK

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