Salmon Blog

June 4, 2018

The Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission met for their annual meeting in Bethel on May 7 and 8, 2018.

The qasgiq is a traditional Yup’ik men’s community house, a place where young boys and men came together to make tools and weapons, where they learned their oral history. In its prime, it was also a social, political, spiritual, and economic institution that was central to the Yup’ik culture and community. 

For Alaska Sa...

April 17, 2018

During their Fellowship, Alaska Salmon Fellows work collaboratively to define, propose, and implement innovative initiatives - small seeds aimed at long-term change in Alaska salmon/people systems.  The first cohort of fellows has worked to form teams and craft proposals for a wide range of projects.  Take a look below at what they are working on.  Have suggestions, ideas, connections, or feedback? Scroll to the bottom to leav...

April 2, 2018

“Alaska is a place of divided people,” writes Taylor Evenson, an entrepreneur and commercial fisherman from Anchorage and Kenai.  “We are divided by distance. We are divided by a lack of development. We are divided by mountain ranges, rivers, and bodies of water. We are divided by harsh weather. But we are also divided by our mindset. Skills that have made Alaskans great in this divided landscape are exactly what divide us now...

February 7, 2018

Salmon Shadows:

Art to Inspire Critical Conversations about Alaska's Salmon System

Deadline: April 1, 2018


Top Row (L to R): Breanna Peterson, Natasha Zahn Pristas, Deborah Bitanga
Bottom Row (L to R): Will Elliott, Natasha Zahn Pristas, Marissa Wilson

As Alaskans, we typically tell positive salmon narratives and we often neglect the matching dark sides of our stories, like the struggles for sustainability, equity, and...

October 4, 2017

The projector flicked from a photograph showing the turquoise fin of a salmon nosing upstream to another of a child eyeing a blood-smeared piece of plywood with a fillet knife askance at the side.

Seventy five or so people nibbled on sushi as the images flashed on a sheet suspended from the side of the Baranov Museum in Kodiak. Throughout the museum, visitors considered questions posed on sticky notes: What does a sustainable a...

July 17, 2017

When the Fellows meet again in October, we will be applying the insights from our Kenai gathering and summer activities to guide the development of a set of Fellows Initiatives to be funded and completed over the next year.

To prompt your thinking about the impact Fellows will have, read Chapter 1 of Getting to Maybe: How the World is Changed.

Reflect on the reading and the nature of the complex issues affecting Alaska's sa...

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