Browsing All posts tagged under »salmon«

Fishing Partner’s Birthday

August 4, 2012

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Today marks the 11th year since you were born into this world, but you have been an important part of my life since before that day. I can remember relaxing with the family in between fishing tides the summer you were born. We were on the couch and you were stretching and waving to everybody […]

Culture Shock

July 27, 2012

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It is always jarring to return to the world outside of Bristol Bay after a season of commercial salmon fishing. The summer is full of intensity, but at the same time there is a sense of being away from it all. This year I will be making a further departure from Naknek, the town and […]

The Tide Is Our Clock

July 18, 2012

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Both tides of each day move forward about a half hour every day and with them move our focus and activity. As long as we have nets in the water that need tending, the tides govern our days and the tide book is our timepiece. Nothing will make the water move slower or faster than […]

Mom’s Day

May 29, 2012

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Happy Birthday to you! You have the glue that binds our family together and have created life-changing miracles by expecting nothing less than miracles. These expectations have been at work when we have needed them most. I wish I could be there to enjoy your special day with you, but we will celebrate soon and […]

Remembering

May 28, 2012

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Anna and Paul Chukan were raised on the salmon that migrated to the Naknek and Kvichak River systems. Anna was brought to Naknek from Levelock to marry my Great Grandpa, Paul, after the two of them survived the Great Flu that swept through Bristol Bay. From their line came my Grandmother Anisha and my mother. Mine […]

The Fleet is Slumbering

May 3, 2012

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Waiting for their captains’ hands to wake them for another purposeful salmon season in Bristol Bay. Mel

Food Fight!

March 12, 2012

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No, not the cafeteria-style kind of food fight that John Belushi initiated in Animal House. This food fight is between the Bristol Bay commercial sockeye salmon industry and multi-national mining conglomerate The Pebble Limited Partnership. The fight also includes the people who reside in the Bristol Bay region and have subsisted off of salmon for […]

So Good, It’ll Make You Weep

February 23, 2012

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How often do we encounter this in our lives and do you question it when the feeling sweeps over you? “Hmmm, must not have gotten enough sleep last night,” or “Are my hormones out of whack?” I know that I have had some genuine moments that cannot be attributed to these reasons. Music, when just […]

A Sense of Place

February 21, 2012

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I find my thoughts returning to Terry Thiese’ Reading Between the Wines on a regular basis. Today when I was attempting to find a passage that I wanted to reference, I found inspiration in another. One of the chapters that Thiese laid out in his treatise is entitled “The Three Humors.” Theise feels that there […]

A Fishing Mother’s Daughter

February 18, 2012

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Earlier this fall my daughter was presented with the challenge of creating a drawing that would be adjudicated by the Juneau Public Library in a contest that would grant winners the honor of their entry being printed into a bookmark for the library system. Out of all the 4th graders who entered the contest, my […]

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