By: Rick Bass
160 pages, 2 b/w illus
Sometimes referred to as America's Serengeti, The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a place where great caribou herds gather, calve, and migrate as they did in the Pleistocene, and where the ancient bond between animals and human hunters still informs daily life. Living alongside the caribou are the native peoples, the Gwich-`in; their culture is as much at risk as the 29,000 caribou.
This place at the top of the world...is, in both a scientific and spiritual sense, the place where the Porcupine caribou keep coming into the world, year after year...coming into the Gwich-'in world again and again, as if issuing forth not so much from that one secret cleft formed by the base of the magnificent Brooks Range, and the edge of the Beaufort Sea Ice cap, and the lichenfurzed sheet of tundra, but instead as if coming up through some vent or shaft or sacred bore-hole below: caribou rising vertically from that lower world like a blessing... It is this bounty that has shaped the Gwich-'in into what they are, as surely as landscape and the animal of time shape anything. - from Caribou Rising"
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