Richard Nelson is a cultural anthropologist and award-winning writer whose work focuses on the indigenous cultures of Alaska and the relationships between people and nature. He spent many years among Inupiaq Eskimos and Athabaskan Indians in northern Alaska. Based on these experiences, he wrote Hunters of the Northern Ice, Shadow of the Hunter, Hunters of the Northern Forest, The Athabaskans, and Make Prayers to the Raven, which became an award-winning PBS television series. Mr. Nelson was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for The Island Within, the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award for Heart and Blood: Living with Deer in America, and the Lannan Literary Award for creative nonfiction. In addition, he was the 1991-2001 Writer Laureate of Alaska. His work has been published in many magazines and anthologies, and he co-authored Patriotism and the American Land with Barry Lopez and Terry Tempest Williams. He is also co-producer and host for Encounters, a nationally broadcast public radio program about the natural world, with podcasts and multimedia explorations at www.encountersnorth.org . Mr. Nelson’s passion for the outdoors has also nurtured a longtime involvement with conservation.