Chapter 3: The Eddy

Photo: An eddy along the rocky shore of the Yukon River.

Salmon are one of the natural world’s great wonders. P.V. Satheesh, a friend in India and a man steeped in the complexity and beauty of dry land agriculture, once asked me, "How is this battle up the river to spawn even possible?" I did not think to say then, but the answer is, “the eddy.”

[forthcoming: The remarkable story of the Yukon River "King" salmon, my first anthropological research, and the account I failed to tell of international politics threatening the salmon's future.]

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