Conservation currently embodies the preservationist ideals of the dominant culture. At times, it does so at the expense of marginalized cultures through legacies of colonialism. But in some places, things are shifting.
When a spruce log leaves Haines, Alaska, in its raw state, it doesn’t bring much value to the local economy. But in the hands of Fairweather Ski Works, it becomes part of a high-value product.
Emily Foster, a Quileute Tribe member, is a new business owner and happily up to her elbows in smoked fish. Emily won the $10,000 top prize in the Washington Coast Works Sustainable Small Business Competition.