In Sitka, Alaska, Indigenous peoples and commercial fishermen are locked in a fight over one of the last remaining herring fisheries in the North Pacific. Herring is one of the most important fish in the ocean. They feed everything: salmon, whales, seals, sea otters, sea lions, seagulls, eagles, and humans. For coastal Indigenous nations like the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian, herring eggs are a delicacy exchanged and eaten at ceremonial feasts. For the fishing fleet, herring eggs are a valuable commodity sold for top dollar at Japanese markets. Based on a chapter from his forthcoming book, We Survived the Night, writer Julian Brave NoiseCat tells the story of Indigenous technologies, traditions, and movements shaping the future of an ecosystem.
- Julian Brave NoiseCat, Indigenous writer, activist, and policy advocate
- Moderated by Pamela Smith, Seth Low Professor of History and Director of the Center for Science and Society at Columbia University
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