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True life story of George Attla - famous Alaskan dog sled driver. The film shows the life of Attla as a young Athabaskan trapper living in the bush in Alaska and. Spirit of the Wind (also known as Attla) is a American Northern film directed by Ralph Liddle and starring Chief Dan George, Slim Pickens, Pius Savage.
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Keep a can-do attitude. Pius Savage was chosen for the lead role because he not only looked the part, but was also a pilot. Chief Dan George Moses. This site was made possible by a grant from the Alaska Humanities Forum. Official Sites.
His knee was eventually fused together and he returned home to the village of Huslia at age But Attla had been gone too long. He no longer fit in. In spite of a stiff, nearly worthless leg, he came in first on the first day, second on the second day and crossed the finish line on the third day to win the event. But he was chided for not having his own dogs.
He watched how mushers trained their animals, determined not to use fear and pain. After four years of training, Attla entered his own team in the Fur Rondy Championship Race in Anchorage, winning it again.
No other competitors could catch the two men as they raced across the wilderness neck and neck all through the s.