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    • Orientation & Introductions!
      Take a moment tell us a thing or two about yourself. Where are you coming from? What is your interest in the history of Alaskan Domesticated Ungulates? What do you hope to get from this course? Create your own "topic" within this forum!
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    • Open Forum
      Got Questions? Want to share an article or resource? Want to discuss anything course related? Here's the place!
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      Owen Guthrie

    • Week 1 Forum (Oct 15 – Oct 21)
      By Midnight, Tuesday, write a brief (no more than 350 words) response to one of the following questions: 1. Support or refute the idea that domestication of ungulates was inevitable in human history. 2. Support or refute the idea that Native Alaskan peoples needed domestic livestock. 3. Support or refute the idea that Alaska is well suited to domestic livestock.
      Use information from the readings and lecture to support your answers. Read and respond to at least two posts of your peers.
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    • Week 2 Forums (Oct. 22 – Oct. 28)
      By Midnight, Tuesday, write a brief (no more than 350 words) response to one of the following questions: 1. Which animals make the most sense for Alaska and why? 2. Should we promote all domestic species in Alaska? 3. What are possible scenarios of the long term effects of uncontrolled grazing on the public lands in Alaska and the Western U.S. with the passage of the Alaska Grazing Act of 1927 and the Taylor Grazing Act of 1934?
      Use information from the readings and lectures to support your answers. Read and respond to at least two posts of your peers.
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    • Week 3 Forums (Oct. 29 – Nov. 4)
      1. A common explanation of Sheldon Jackson's effort was to introduce reindeer to provide a food source for Native Alaskans. What other reasons might Sheldon Jackson have had to start a reindeer industry in Alaska? 2. During the 1920's, the reindeer industry was a relative commercial success under ownership of the Lomen brothers. Why, after passage of the 1937 Reindeer Act, has the reindeer industry has not been viable commercially? 3. Many people believe that Alaska is one of the few pristine areas left in the world and its public lands must be protected from development. Grazing reindeer is a component of an animal production system, therefore "development." In your opinion, should grazing of reindeer on public rangelands be restricted? Does ecological compatibility make a difference?
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    • Week 4 Forum (Nov. 5 – Nov. 11)
      1. Do you think Inupiat reindeer herders will ever become traditional reindeer herders or will they remain traditional marine mammal hunters? 2. Discuss the characteristics of reindeer that promote or hinder the driving of large herds, long distances over remote Arctic landscapes. 3. The Saami people have been involved with the Alaskan reindeer industry since its inception. How has their involvement influenced the successes or failures of the Alaskan reindeer industry?
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    • Week 5 Forum (Nov. 12 – Nov. 18)
      1. In Alaska, populations of captive ungulates discussed throughout the interviews are dismal when realizing their potential and the amount of available land. Discuss the parallel struggles amongst producers and why so many cannot make it work. What do the production operations in existence have in common? 2. Discuss the aspects of yak production in Alaska that make it a good candidate for a viable red meat industry. 3. "Canned hunts" generate significant revenue for game ranching operations across the U.S. Should "canned hunts" be used to promote economic viability of ungulate producers in Alaska?
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    • Week 6 Forums (Nov. 19 – Nov. 25)
      1. Support or refute the argument that the government should regulate the reindeer industry. 2. Should the government subsidize the reindeer industry at the same level as the milk and beef industries in the lower 48? 3. Livestock and wildlife compete for forage on Alaska's rangeland. How should we prioritize use of range land; reindeer or wildlife?
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    • Week 7 Forums (Nov. 26 – Dec. 4)
      By Midnight, Tuesday, write a brief (no more than 750 words) response to the following prompt: 1. Discuss your process of inquiry. What inspired you to pick your topic? What unexpected challenges did you face? What unexpected information did you discover? Where or how would you continue to research this topic knowing what you now know?
      Use information from the readings and lecture to support your answers. Read and respond to at least two posts of your peers.
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    • Week 8 Forums (Dec. 5 – Dec. 9)
      1. What is the most valuable thing you learned in this course? 2. What is the most surprising thing you learned in this course? 3. What might you do differently as a result of this course?
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