Headed Back to the Bush

boats.jpgThe salmon commeth, and the drift-net boats waiteth | Photo by Travis Rummel [thanks for the lift Norm]

Dear Readers,

We have been eddied out in Anchorage for the past couple of days coming up with a game plan and enjoying the fruits of civilization, mainly the use of our cell phones and wireless Internet. With no home to return to in Dillingham (besides the red Ford F350 with a leaking cab) we decided to chill out, reflect on where we have been and where we are going. The project continues to growth in depth with each interview we get and in every new location we bust the camera out. It is going to be good and we have been spending a lot of time working the pro development side of things.

We are keeping our own politics out of the thread of the film and trying to have the pebble story tell itself. The Pro side has been difficult to get in with as most of our interviewees are very skeptical about our motives, which I don’t blame them for given our sponsors and interests.

We have managed to get a couple good interviews that bring light to the dark side and the more time you spend with the pro folks the more you realize these people really believe what they are telling you or they are getting paid really well or both. The passion just seems to be lacking, but maybe it is back to the money thing again.

Regardless we are doing our best to approach this holistically and keep it as neutral as possible. There seems to be strength in neutrality – just think of us as the Switzerland of documentary films. The story will tell itself, just wait and see…

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5 thoughts on “Headed Back to the Bush

  1. Alaska is a resource state. I am an environmentalist who believes we can harvest our resources in an environmentally safe way. The Pebble mine is in an area that has been designated for mining activity for decades. They are and should be given the chance to prove they can mine this area in an environmentally friendly manor. Same goes with drilling in ANWR.
    By the way how do you justify torturing fish (catch & release). I am a fisherman, but I only take what I can eat. It never crossed my mind to drag a fish around by the mouth just for fun.

  2. What greater resource is there, Bristol Bay Wild Salmon!!! How do you prove something of these proportions is safe? On paper you can, but how do you prove 50-100 yrs down the road? What are they going to say” Oops, guess our calculations were off a little, sorry for the collapse of the Bristol Bay ecosystem foundation” I don’t think it should be extracted, and for sure not by foreign mega-corp scum. The Turkey dinner goes to the fat king and the local serfs get to fight over the carcass, great!! And yeah Catch & release is not the best thing for fish, but sure better then being in a frying pan.(for the fish) There are alot worse hobbies for someone to take up though.

  3. It’s obvious that the proposed mine will create nothing but problems for the (luckily) untouched wildlife. If you are in favor of the mine, that’s great, more power to you. But don’t talk about how this will be a fair and eco-friendly way to conduct business. If you have any interest in mind for the state of Alaska’s wildlife you would be outraged, just like everyone else who is in oposition of this mine. This state is a force to be reckoned with and it is truly unfortunate that anyone would purposely put something in that could possible impact the habitat. If you have ever stepped foot in Alaska you would be out of your mind to be in favor of something that could potentially change the way things have been. Alaska is a beautiful place and I hope that the right thing is done.

  4. I’ve was born and raised in Dillingham, my father was a fisherman, tho’ he was from Ohio. My mothers ancestors lived off the land, were nomadic. I struggled to live in the “white mans” world in Seattle and other places, but this is home. Land, ownership of land is a new concept for Native people, until the Alaska Native Land Claims Act in the 1970’s, land was the Creators’…. I lived in Seattle for some time and see how the Native people there once a year celebrate receiving their “one” salmon from the Ship Canal, and how the Columbia River has no salmon, Bristol Bay will be like that soon, unless ALL people who oppose the destruction of our land for foreign profit come together legally and maybe it may take some risks…how much risk are people willing to take? Looking at the future, is in five years, or seven generations?

  5. Thanks for the pics and the good words! Seeing all the beuatiful pictures of home makes it a little easier to get through these hot Arizona days. Or..maybe it makes it harder! I can only count the days until (540) unitl we can come home for good.
    The pebble backers just don’t get it….this development just doesn’t belong in this place and no amount of money will change that. In the end, they will spend millions of dollars fighting us, and in the end they will lose because it is not thier fish and culture at risk.

    Geoffery Stauffer
    University of Arizona Rogers College of Law

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