What Is Alaska: The Last Frontier About?
Several generations proudly live off the land Yule Kilcher obtained more than 80 years ago. Along-time Alaskan who helped write the state constitution and later served in the Legislature, Yule was fiercely dedicated to his family’s mission as homesteaders. He and his wife Ruth taught their family to be self-sufficient and to live solely off the resources the land could provide. Yule’s sons, Atz and Otto Kilcher continue Yule’s vision and traditions of a subsistence lifestyle and teach this way of life to their children and their families who live on the 640-acre homestead, including Atz’s son, Atz Lee, and Otto’s son, Eivin.
Deep in the Alaskan wilderness live the Kilcher family and their isolated community. The Kilchers, led by patriarch Atz Kilcher, have cultivated and lived on their homestead outside Homer, Alaska, for four generations.
These men and women of the wild genuinely live off the land. They spend the limited months of summer and autumn gardening, hunting and fishing for food, gathering supplies from the ground, and preparing their animals’ safety for surviving the harsh Alaskan winters.
The breathtaking beauty of Alaska sometimes hides the fact its winters can be incredibly harsh, especially for those who live in the state’s outlying areas. `Alaska: The Last Frontier’ perfectly illustrates this reality, as the program profiles life for the Kilcher family in the isolated community of Homer. For four generations, the Kilchers have lived off what their 600-acre homestead has provided, but cultivating that living is never easy. Led by patriarch Atz Kilcher and his brother Otto, the family spends the short summer and fall gardening, hunting and fishing for food, gathering supplies from the land, and preparing their animals for the winter. Viewers, who may or may not have a fancy phone by their side while watching on their big-screen high-def TV, also see the Kilchers living off the grid, where running water and electricity aren’t daily staples, nor is contact with the outside world. Atz, by the way, is the father of music superstar Jewel, who does not appear on the show.
Most live entirely off the grid, with no running water or electricity – and are proud of it. But freedom comes at a price for this family of 21st-century pioneers, and while life is never dull, survival is never easy.
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