Kids at Salmon Camp are preparing to become future caretakers of this shared fish resource in Bristol Bay.
Bristol Bay Salmon Camp
Discovering wild salmon in a whole new way.
When kids from villages in Alaska’s Bristol Bay go off to summer camp, they pile not into yellow buses but aluminum skiffs. Their destination? The rustic Salmon Camp on a remote shore of breathtaking Lake Aleknagik.
An exhibit opening Sept. 2 at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center features art created by the young people who attend this unique summer camp. Their art includes salmon prints, block prints and the campers’ own photography. A sampling of the campers’ photography from the “The Way I See Salmon” project captures how young people and their families take part in the subsistence tradition and commercial fishing in Bristol Bay. For these campers, salmon is at the center of the yearly cycle that brings people together on the beaches, in fishing boats, and in the smokehouse. Additional photography shows art workshops in action in this breathtakingly beautiful setting.
Salmon Camp has a broad mission. Throughout the week, it introduces young people to fisheries professionals and their work, bringing an early introduction to an important career option. Campers get salmon ecology lessons, they go fishing for salmon and trout, and they learn an art form that borrows from the Japanese tradition of gyotaku, or fish printing. Salmon Camp equips them with a deeper understanding of the valuable resource known as neqa, a Yup’ik word meaning both fish and food.
Salmon Camp is a program of the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corp., which receives assistance from The Nature Conservancy and a range of salmon-minded partners.
The exhibit “Salmon Camp: Art from Young People in Bristol Bay” runs Sept. 2 – Oct. 23 in the Education Hallway at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center.
The Nature Conservancy has worked with people in Bristol Bay to protect fish habitat for more than 15 years and is committed to investing in the science necessary to protect the salmon habitat of Bristol Bay.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.