Authors and Contributors

Richard Nelson - Essayist

Richard Nelson

Richard Nelson is a writer, activist, cultural anthropologist, and subsistence hunter who lives in Southeast Alaska. His books include Patriotism and the American Land, Make Prayers to the Raven (which became an award-winning PBS television series), Hunters of the Northern Forest, Shadow of the Hunter, and Hunters of the Northern Ice. Nelson's awards include the John Borroughs Medal for nature writing for The Island Within, the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award for Heart and Blood: Living with Deer in America, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Lannan Literary Award for nonfiction. He hosts his own radio show and speaks publicly on his work and on issues of conservation. In the words of author Jim Harrison, the magic of Nelson's writing is that it speaks to "hunters and anti-hunters, environmentalists and politicians, and anyone who cares about what's left of the natural world in America."

Richard Nelson contributed "Hunting Wisdom: The IƱupiat and the Polar Bear" to The Last Polar Bear: Facing the Truth of a Warming World (Braided River, 2008). He contributed sound recordings to Salmon in the Trees, and On Arctic Ground.