This is more than one man's incredible tale of hardship and success in Alaska. It is also a tribute to the Athapaskan traditions and spiritual beliefs that enabled him and his ancestors to survive. His story, simply told, is a testament to the durability of Alaska's wildlands and to the strength of the people who inhabit them.
More than 50,000 copies of Shadows on the Koyukuk have sold since it was printed in 1993. It is required reading at many bush Alaska schools and recommended reading at most of Alaska's colleges and universities.