Alaskans have deep connections to wild salmon. Made of Salmon: Alaska Stories from The Salmon Project is an exploration of these connections, and how salmon are intertwined with our values, our families, and our deeply held hopes — and fears — for the future.
In these pages more than 20 renowned Alaska writers explore questions that resonate for all Alaskans — How do salmon fit in my life? What is our history together? How will they fit in our future and that of our state and our people?
Editor Nancy Lord weaves these essays together with additional writings from 33 individual Alaskans (including Salmon Sisters's Emma Laukitis) and photography from Clark Mishler. Their personal stories, shared with The Salmon Project over the years of our work, capture the spirit of Alaskans’ connections to the lands and seasons of salmon across our state.
More than anything, Made of Salmon is a love story. It’s a testament to the powerful connections Alaskans maintain all across the state — connections to food, landscape, ocean, river, season, culture and joy.
- Includes an essay by Salmon Sister’s Emma Laukitis
- Made of Salmon is available in a growing number of bookstores across Alaska and online.
- 224 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2016
Foreword by Bella Hammond
The Salmon Project by Erin Harrington
Introduction by Nancy Lord
Salmon Invictus by Lynn Schooler
Iqalugruaq: Chum Salmon and the Inuit World by William L. Iggiagruk Hensley
The Story Continues by Sara Loewen
Family Business by Carol Sturgulewski
The Way of the Real Human Being: A Way of Life for Alaska Native Peoples by Ilarion “Larry” Merculieff
I am Now the Age She Was by Dan O’Neill
The King and I by Richard Chiappone
Thank You. Swimmer by Emma Teal Laukitis
Stone Fish. Living Mirrors by Hank Lentfer
Salmon Are Worth More Than Money by Charles Wohlforth
What Happens in the Arctic? by Debby Dahl Edwardson
The Right Kind of Hungry by Julia O’Malley
Seasons by Ernestine Hayes
Size Matters by Charlie Campbell
Here on the Rocks by Seth Kantner
Riversong by Kirsten Dixon
Bristol Bay Youth Doing Their Part by Verner Wilson III
Let Nothing Be Wasted by Leslie Leyland Fields
The One That Got Away by Don Rearden
My Salmon Project by Michael Raudzis Dinkel
Give Me a Life Jacket and a Paddle by Heather Lende
- For every sale we make, Salmon Sisters donates a can of wild Alaska salmon to the Alaska Food Bank.