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The Arctic Brotherhood was formed as a fraternal organization in 1899 by gold-seeking stampeders headed for the Klondike. It wasn’t long before every northern frontier town, settlement and mining camp of any importance boasted its Arctic Brotherhood chapter. Eventually 32 original “Camps” were established; and at its height, the Arctic Brotherhood boasted some 10,000 members.
The preamble of its constitution stated:
“The object of this organization shall be to encourage and promote social and intellectual intercourse and benevolence among its members, and to advance the interests of its members, and those of the Northwest section of North America.”
The Brotherhood was revived in 2005 by three great friends seeking great adventure. Read more about the original organization’s past by clicking the “History” door above. If you’d like to know more about the newest A-B Chapter, click the “Camp No. 33” door.
If you want to learn even more about the history of the original organization, check out the Arctic Brotherhood Blogspot hosted by Ashley Bowman from Skagway, AK.
“In the early days of the Northland, that country was populated by a very fine class of hardy, venturesome, pioneering people. The oldtimers who were then engaged in ‘winning the Northland’ have, for the most part, gone West, to use the vernacular. The Arctic Brotherhood has passed into history. It fulfilled a noble, worthwhile service, It was all, and even more, than its organizers ever hoped for it.”
Dr. I. H. Moore – Former Grand Arctic Chief
No boundary line here-
in the 21st Century,
we are a new kind of Stampeder,
seeking the gold dust of experience.
we are men of the woods.
sleeping in bear tracks and
perching on raven’s rock ledges
Free Arctic Brotherhood Unite
Aaron Voronoff(Above original poem was sent by an unknown fan of our website in June 2009)