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Caribou Rising: Defending the Porcupine Herd, Gwich-'in Culture, and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

By: Rick Bass

160 pages, 2 b/w illus

Sierra Club Books

Hardback | Dec 2004 | #149694 | ISBN: 1578051142
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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, 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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Rick Bass is the author of eighteen books of fiction and nonfiction, Including The Ninemile Wolves, The Hermit's Story, Colter: The True Story of the Best Dog I Ever Had, Winter: Notes from Montana, and The Book of Yaak. He is also the editor of an anthology, The Roadless Yaak. Bass lives with his family in northwest Montana's Yaak Valley, one of the wildest and most biologically diverse landscapes in the northern Rockies.

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