Klondike Letters Project

Translating experience into memory through inspired creation.

Sourdough Zombies

Back in 1898, thousands of men and women arrived in Skagway with gold fever. They were headed for the Klondike goldfields over the Chilkoot Pass. Around their necks, they carried packets of fermented dough to make bread on their long, cold journey. If they made it through their first year in the bitter North, they were dubbed “sourdoughs”, after the bread that kept them alive during the endless night of winter.

Animation: Corrie Francis Parks
Banjo Pickin’ : Ranger Kyle Kaiser
Interviews recorded at the top of Chilkoot Pass.

This is the first in a series of animated postcards from Chilkoot Pass. Read more about the project here.  These mini-documentaries are rooted in reality, with live interviews  and photos from the Chilkoot Trail as providing a catalyst for my personal memories and playful reinterpretations. As an artist, this is about as fun as it gets!

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  1. Cindy

     /  April 15, 2013

    Great! I can’t wait to keep sharing this with my friends and look forward to mini more of ’em.

  2. tahoejimbo

     /  April 17, 2013

    This is a fun project! Very happy to realize the zombie sourdough is the first in a series of animated postcards. So much to like here.