Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point

Subhankar Banerjee, editor.
560 pages, hardcover: $35.95.
Seven Stories Press, 2012.

Subhankar Banerjee’s new book, “Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point”, is much more than a book about the Arctic.  It is a book about the current state of affairs in our world and it is a call to action for those that care about how we will leave this planet for future generations.  It is about how we are all connected through the Arctic.

Through the gathering of 39 voices of the Arctic – artists, writers, and Alaska Native activists we are taken on a journey teaming with the history of the arctic, the political landscape, how it all relates to Indigenous communities and a very clear picture of what is at stake for the land, animals, people of Alaska and our entire world.

There is no sugar coating here, no romanticism of the people or land.  Just a bold statement of the challenges we are facing and an offering of potential solutions to the issues at hand.

Here is an excerpt from the testimony before the US Congress (1988) of the late Jonathon Solomon of Fort Yukon, AK included in the book.

“This is a historic time for the Gwich’in Athabascan Indians of northwest Alaska and northwest Canada, a turning point in our history.  Something is happening.   You can feel it when you walk down the streets of our villages.  Everywhere you go there is a growing knowledge that we can and must make a better world for ourselves and for our future generations.”