Currently in Lincoln, NE.
©Terry A. Ratzlaff 2018


The Tide Goes North




The Tide Goes North is concerned with the complexities of human interaction between the Pacific Salmon and the immediate environment of the Bristol Bay watershed.  Having spent the 2013 and 2014 set net season on Nushagak Point, the work addresses the concept of sustainability between man and nature in a time of uncertainty.  The Yup’ik culture has thrived for thousands of years, but now the proposal of North America’s largest open pit mine, Pebble, is threatening its existence.  If this mine is built, the salmon ecosystem will cease to exist. 

Nushagk Point is a seasonal community that has been tied to the land for thousands ofyears.  Located in Southwest Alaska in the northern end of Nushagak Bay near the confluence of the Wood and Nushagak Rivers.  The Nushagak River is Bristol Bay's largest of  six watersheds and make up 50% of the total watershed area.  The Yup'ik people have culturally, socially, spiritually, environmentally, and economically maintained a salmon based culture for the last 4,000 years.  Half of the world’s population of salmon come from the Nushagak River Watershed.