Kings of the Yukon

by Adam Weymouth | Travel |
ISBN: 9780316396707 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingcestmoiwing of Hamilton, Ontario Canada on 1/22/2024
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Journal Entry 1 by wingcestmoiwing from Hamilton, Ontario Canada on Monday, January 22, 2024
The Yukon River is 3,190 kilometres long, flowing northwest from British Columbia through the Yukon Territory and Alaska to the Bering Sea. Every summer, millions of salmon migrate the distance of this river to their spawning ground, where they go to breed and then die. The Chinook is the most highly prized among the five species of Pacific salmon for its large size and rich, healthy oils. It has long since formed the lifeblood of the economy and culture along the Yukon--there are few communities that have been so reliant on a single source. Now, as the region contends with the effects of a globalized economy, climate change, fishing quotas and the general drift towards urban life, the health and numbers of the Chinook are in question, as is the fate of the communities that depend on them.
Travelling in a canoe along the Yukon River with the migrating salmon, a three-month journey through untrammeled wilderness, Adam Weymouth traces the profound interconnectedness of the people and the Chinook through searing portraits of the individuals he encounters. He offers a powerful, nuanced glimpse into the erosion of Indigenous culture, and into our ever-complicated relationship with the natural world. Weaving in the history of the salmon run and their mysterious life cycle, Kings of the Yukon is extraordinary adventure and nature writing and social history at its most compelling.

Journal Entry 2 by wingcestmoiwing at Hamilton, Ontario Canada on Monday, January 22, 2024
Interesting and fascinating telling of his journey along the Yukon River to learn about the King salmon and and their spawning route. I learned far more about the sex lives of salmon than I ever wanted to!

In addition, it's about how the salmon run and supply affect the indigenous populations along the river and how their way of life has changed since it has become government regulated. It was also interesting to learn of the different philosophies of the Canadian vs US government relating to subsitenance farming and overfishing.

Journal Entry 3 by LFLHunter at Burlington, Ontario Canada on Sunday, February 4, 2024
Picked this book up at a Bookcrossing meet-up, thank you.

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