A Documentary in Four Parts
While other species of salmon thrive, the Alaskan King salmon has been in decline. Because it is the largest and most fuel-rich species on the planet, removing it from the food chain and economic equation is having a devastating impact among Native Alaskans and throughout the state. At the center of the crisis is the Yup'ik People, whose way of life has centered on King salmon for millennia. Not only has the decline caused an economic and social crises, their culture is shifting in ways that may be irreversible. Many suspect this is a canary-in-the-coal mine issue as the evidence of climate change is rippling across the Arctic and Alaska. The film will be balanced in four parts defined by the seasons that reflect their subsistence lifestyle.