Some weeks later found me in at the Dalton’s house in Hoonah, the Raven Nest House, Yeil Kudi Hit, along with my sister Katy and friend, Jerry. Pop had finished several hooks and to use them we were going to cross Icy Strait to Glacier Bay in Pop’s boat, an 18 foot runabout called Teet-kut-ah, (“Ocean Breaker”, after a story about sea otter hunting off the outside coast). We would continue well up into Muir Inlet, the eastern arm of the Bay where Pop had a ten-acre island and cabin. We would set the hooks there in several eets (fishing spots) and catch a halibut. We started out on a low tide and stopped at Point Adolphus to catch octopus for bait. Pop called them devilfish, and caught them by jabbing his cane into crevices and holes under boulders until a “debblefish grab hol’ of it”.
Pop’s island in the middle of Glacier Bay National Monument was his in his mind and the minds of his family, but probably not in the minds of the officials of Glacier Bay National Monument. As far as I know he did not have any document title to it. However, his family had been using it since before the establishment of Glacier Bay National Monument in 1926 as attested to by Pop, letters, family stories, and notes tacked up in the cabin dating back many years. There seemed to exist a tacit understanding: The rangers did not interfere with Pop’s use of the island and did not disturb the cabin and Pop did not assert his claim officially.