Richard Nelson, a resident of Sitka, Alaska, is a cultural anthropologist and author whose work focuses on the indigenous cultures of Alaska and the relationships between people and nature. His literary works include Make Prayers to the Raven, about the Koyukon people of Alaska’s boreal forest, and The Island Within, winner of the John Burroughs Medal for distinguished nature writing. More recent works include Heart and Blood: Living with Deer in America and Patriotism and the American Land, with Barry Lopez and Terry Tempest Williams. Mr. Nelson is also an activist working to protect old-growth rainforest in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest and was a member of the Harriman Alaska Expedition Retraced. The former host of the syndicated radio show Encounters, he is currently working on a new project, SalmonWorld, which highlights not only these amazing fish, but also the vast and interconnected world of water, land, and people that salmon weave together.
Although we were unfamiliar with Richard Nelson and his writings before the cruise, we were very impressed by his knowledge, his willingness to share it, and his low-key, modest humorous style. We will read all his books!