Alaska

Atz Kilcher

posted: 09/28/12
Atz Kilcher
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Atz Kilcher
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Atz was born after his parents, Yule and Ruth, escaped Hitler's stronghold on Eastern Europe and moved to the wilderness. The oldest male of eight children, Atz considers himself the protector of the family. Among countless other things, he must protect his brother Otto's herd from the wide range of meat hungry predators where they graze. South Central Alaska is home to black bear, brown bear, wolves and coyotes that all consider Otto's cattle their own meat supply. It is Atz Sr.'s job to ensure that is not the case. Were the predators to have their way, Otto's herd would be decimated in a season. Atz, the range-rider, refuses to allow that to happen.

Atz keeps a home at the homestead, but spends most of his time in the summer at the head of the bay, the summer range, either by himself or accompanied by his wife, Bonnie. The head of the bay provides Atz with shelter, water and salmon for him to remain content and free from any contact with the outside world. He is free to watch over the cattle, play music, weave baskets, and most importantly, stockpile his needs for the winter.

Atz is father to four children. His oldest, Shane, recently moved back to the homestead with his family. His daughter, Jewel, acquired the musical talents of the family, left the homestead at a young age and became a worldwide pop and country music star. Today, she lives in Texas with her husband and young son. His youngest sons, Atz Lee and Nikos, still live on the homestead today.

Visit Atz's Website for information on his one-of-a-kind artwork and more.

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