A Thousand Trails Home is a book of supernal majesty, a book to break and restore your heart. Seth Kantner's devotion to the living pulse and unity of the skein of wonder that is the Alaskan wilderness haunts and inspires me. -- Louise Erdrich, author of The Night Watchman
- Bestselling, award-winning author of Ordinary Wolves, a debut novel Publisher's Weekly called "a tour de force"
- Conservation-based story of changing Arctic from an on-the-ground perpective
- Features full-color photography throughout
A stunningly lyrical firsthand account of a life spent hunting, studying, and living alongside caribou, A Thousand Trails Home
encompasses the historical past and present day, revealing the fragile intertwined lives of people and animals surviving on an uncertain landscape of cultural and climatic change sweeping the Alaskan Arctic. Author Seth Kantner vividly illuminates this critical story about the interconnectedness of the Iñupiat of Northwest Alaska, the Western Arctic Caribou Herd, and the larger Arctic region. This story has global relevance as it takes place in one of the largest remaining intact wilderness ecosystems on the planet, ground zero for climate change in the US. This compelling and complex tale revolves around the politics of caribou, race relations, urban vs. rural demands, subsistence vs. sport hunting, and cultural priorities vs. resource extraction--a story that requires a fearless writer with an honest voice and an open heart.
About the Author
Seth Kantner was born and raised in northern Alaska and has worked as a trapper, wilderness guide, wildlife photographer, gardening teacher, and adjunct professor. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Outside, Orion, and Smithsonian. Kantner is the author of the award-winning novel Ordinary Wolves, memoir Shopping for Porcupine, and collection of essays Swallowed by the Great Land: And Other Dispatches from Alaska's Frontier. He has been a commercial fisherman in Kotzebue Sound for more than four decades and lives in the Northwest Arctic.