• A Thousand Trails Home

  • Living with Caribou
  • By: Seth Kantner
  • Narrated by: Dan Bittner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (62 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A stunningly lyrical firsthand account of a life spent hunting, studying, and living alongside caribou, A Thousand Trails Home encompasses the historical past and present day, revealing the fragile intertwined lives of people and animals surviving on an uncertain landscape of cultural and climatic change sweeping the Alaskan Arctic. 

Author Seth Kantner vividly illuminates this critical story about the interconnectedness of the Iñupiat of Northwest Alaska, the Western Arctic caribou herd, and the larger Arctic region. This story has global relevance as it takes place in one of the largest remaining intact wilderness ecosystems on the planet, ground zero for climate change in the US. 

This compelling and complex tale revolves around the politics of caribou, race relations, urban vs. rural demands, subsistence vs. sport hunting, and cultural priorities vs. resource extraction - a story that requires a fearless writer with an honest voice and an open heart.

©2021 Seth Kantner (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

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Fascinating View of Living in Alaska

For those of us living in the lower 48, it's hard for us to imagine what it was like to grow up in Alaska, then remain as an adult and raise your own family there. How do you live off the land in such harsh weather? No sunlight part of the year. Well written, sometimes amusing, but mostly really insightful in his relationship to the land, the animals and mother nature.

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Deeply felt, compelling story

I think this was an interesting book but it was an excellent audiobook. The performance really made the story, and the man come alive. I would recommend it to other people who were interested in the interactions of man and our environment.

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Personal and enlightening

Seth Kantner has written an epic and personal tale about caribou, hunting, the Alaskan wilderness and what impacts our modern society has on these matters.

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Strange focus on parasites

The story had so much good content and potential … But the author repeatedly started talking about disgusting parasites in Caribou and used very visual disturbing descriptions. Not what I signed up for. Once or twice is fine but not multiple times throughout the book in totally unnecessary detail. I just stopped at the 2/3 mark because of this strange reoccurring focus on parasites. Very odd. The narrator was good but resembled more of a high school career counselor talking one on one with a teenager… Not the right style for a hunter’s voice.

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get ready to want to move to Alaska!

I picked this book up when it was recommended in an article I read - I think it was related to the Run the Red Rock event in Wyoming, but perhaps not because what does Wyoming have to do with caribou? However I ended up with this book, it was a sold read. The author has a way with words, describing his life on Alaskan tundra as a child, as an adult, with breathtaking majesty. This is a great addition to the "conservationist" genre which covers both fiction (Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy) and non-fiction (this book). I love the evocative language, transporting the reader to the scene but also hopefully creating an emotional response of love, wonder, awe. It's strictly a great thing to feel love for our earth and this book provides this in spades. I definitely recommend.

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Part of me

Having lived in the interior in the early 70’s and being sustained by caribou those years, this read was an amazing, blessed, and a spiritual journey back. Thank you so much. Endure wilderness….please!

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Interesting story about Alaska living.

An interesting story about growing up in Alaska. Made even more interesting from the unique viewpoint of a white child raised in the native ways. I was drawn to this book by my love formthe outdoors and by the fact that my mother was born and raised in Alaska. her parents homesteaded up there along with her Uncle and his family right after WW2. It is a fascinating place, especially so back then when it was more remote and wild. I would have given it 5 stars but he got a bit preachy on the global warming bit when there is no way of knowing that man's actions is changing the weather. especially considering the evidence of the cyclic weather trends in the past. the higg temps in the days of the dinosaurs and the cold Temps of the ice age. are you suggesting the T-Rex was driving an SUV? we can all agree that the government sticking their noses in the people's business screws everything up, be it hunting, or anything else, and I truly enjoyed listening to his descriptions of his life put in that beautiful section of God's country. over all, a really good book.

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Much more than Caribou

I didn't know what to expect when I started reading this book. It is an adventure story it has some history about native people and tons of adventure. Give it a chance if you love books about nature and I'm sure you'll love this as much as I did.

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A very special book

I was entranced from the very first chapter through the last.

I recommend it highly