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Where Water is Gold: Life and Livelihood in Alaska’s Bristol Bay


Where Water is Gold: Life and Livelihood in Alaska’s Bristol Bay

By Carl Johnson

Award-winning photographer Carl Johnson captures the amazing Bristol Bay region of Alaska. Essays by numerous Alaskan writers tell the story of an ecosystem and way of life under threat by mineral development.

10 x 9 inches, 176 pages, softcover.



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Award-winning photographer Carl Johnson spent five years documenting the Bristol Bay region of Alaska. The result is stunning collection of images that highlights the incredible scenery and wildlife of the region, as well as the way of life of Alaskans who reside in the region.

Essays written by several Alaskan writers depict a region with a rich ecosystem that produces the largest sockeye salmon runs in the world, amazing recreational opportunities, the best brown-bear viewing in the world, and an abundance of plant, fish and wildlife resources that provide necessary subsistence opportunities for local residents. It also depicts a story of what could be lost if the Pebble Mine and other mineral projects were developed.

Forward by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Essays by Bill Sherwonit (introduction), David Atcheson (commercial fishing), Steve Kahn and Anne Coray (subsistence), Nick Jans (recreation), and Erin McKittrick (mineral exploration and impacts).

Renowned photographer Jim Brandenburg notes, “Where Water is Gold is a masterpiece and a visual delight, but Carl’s caring commitment is what takes it to a higher level.” The book earned a Gold Medal in the 2017 Independent Publisher Books Awards (West Pacific – Best Regional Nonfiction) and a Silver Medal in the 2016 Nautilus Book Awards (Green Living & Sustainability).

11.75 x 9 inches, 176 pages, softcover. Published by Braided River.

978-1-59485-773-7 $24.95

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Weight 23 oz
Dimensions .5 × 11.75 × 9 in


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