Amy Gulick celebrates Alaskans’ salmon way of life
Intrigued that there is still a place in the world where the lives of people and wild salmon are linked, writer and photographer Amy Gulick ventured to Alaska to explore the web of relationships that revolve around these remarkable fish. Commercial fishermen took her on as crew; Alaska Native families taught her the art of preserving fish and culture; and sport fishing guides showed her where to cast her line as well as her mind. Alaskans everywhere, regardless of their wildly different beliefs, shared their salmon riches with her in their kitchens, cabins, and fish camps – it’s the salmon way.
Her travels and encounters with the fish and the salmon people of Alaska are beautifully portrayed in the photographs and stories in her new book, The Salmon Way: An Alaska State of Mind (www.thesalmonway.org)
Amy’s work is widely published in magazines including Outdoor Photographer, National Wildlife, Audubon, and others. Her first book, Salmon in the Trees: Life in Alaska’s Tongass Rain Forest, is the winner of an Independent Publisher Book Award and two Nautilus Book Awards. She is the recipient of the Daniel Housberg Wilderness Image Award from the Alaska Conservation Foundation, the Voice of the Wild Award from the Alaska Wilderness League, and a Lowell Thomas Award from the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation.
She lives with her husband on an island in Puget Sound near Seattle, Washington, sharing their home with coyotes, owls, and tree frogs.