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Our Perfect Wild: Ray Barbara Bane's Journeys and the Fate of Far North
Ray and Barbara Bane worked as teachers in Barrow and Wainwright, Alaska, in the early 1960s—but they didn’t simply teach the children of their Iñupiat Eskimo and Koyukon friends and neighbors: they fully embraced their lifestyle. Doing so, they realized how closely intertwined life in the region was with the land, and, specifically, how critical wilderness was to the anci ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published February 15th 2016 by University of Alaska Press
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A story of the real Alaska. Through the Bane's lives we see the challenges of life in the Arctic, the struggle to define what Alaska should be as a new state, and the conflicting politics of conservation and resource extraction. A brilliant story about two brilliant lives. Wonderful pictures are a great complement to the text. The writing itself is a little clunky at times, but that's a small quibble. Highly recommended to anyone interested in a deeper dive into Alaskan life and history.
An unlikely couple—a wild boy and a good girl—Ray and Barbara Bane, both teachers, set off from the sooty landscape of West Virginia into the snowy panoramas of Alaska. There they make another unlikely commitment: to learn the Old Ways of the land they come to adopt—and defend. With her characteristic poise and bravery, distinguished Alaskan journalist Kaylene Johnson chronicles the Banes’ story of environmental gumption in the wilderness, and the tale of their marriage, too, in Our Perfect Wild ...more
Kaylene Johnson-Sullivan is a long-time Alaskan who makes her home in Palmer. She has found adventure on Denali, the Chugach Mountains, and as a wrangler and cook in the Brooks Range. Her award-winning articles have appeared in Alaska magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the Louisville Review and other publications. Her books include Our Perfect Wild: Ray and Barbara Bane's Journeys and the Fate of th ...more
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