Dana at Salmonstock, a fundraising event to raise funds for and educate the public on the threat from the proposed Pebble mine and mining district.
Native Alaska, Under Threat – The New York Times Op-Ed
by Bristol Bay native and professional snowboarder Callan J. Chythlook-Sifsof
PARK CITY, Utah — I TRAVEL the world on the professional ski and snowboard circuit, but I grew up in a place most will never know firsthand. I was raised in Aleknagik, Alaska — an indigenous Yupik Eskimo village 400 air miles from the nearest chairlift and accessible only by boat and plane. It’s one of the most remote places in North America. This area is gaining attention as the proposed location of the Pebble Mine, which could end up as the largest open-pit mine in North America and threaten thousands of acres of pristine watershed and the spawning grounds of the largest wild sockeye salmon run on the planet. – Read the whole article here: http://www.renewableresourcesfoundation.org/newsroom/2013-06-27/native-alaska-under-threat-the-new-york-times-op-ed
Susan Grace and Dana at the Salmonstock Festival, Ninilchik, Alaska (with Mavis Muller’s salmon sculptures).
“Susan Grace is a singer-songwriter from Alaska whose inspirational folk music celebrates Hope. Reverence for the earth, celebrating connections as community, uplifting spirits, and the joys and challenge of living are the inspiration for Susan and her songs.” For more info about Susan and her music, visit her website: http://www.ptialaska.net/~blackdog/grace.htm
Artist Mavis Muller, her amazing salmon sculptures, and Dana at the Salmonstock Festival in Ninilchik, Alaska (August 2013).
“Through the art forms of contemporary basketry, photography, poetry and storytelling comes the voice of the natural world. Mavis Muller is a story weaver. As she weaves intricate baskets using consciously gathered natural materials, she introduces the grasses, plants, trees, and landscapes as carriers of messages, stories, and earthly blessings.” See more of Mavis’ art here: http://www.mavismullerart.com/
(Dana’s friend feeding bread to the cockatoos on her porch. Photos from his Australia tour.)