Chronicling her quest for wildness and
home in Alaska, naturalist Marilyn Sigman
writes lyrically about the history of
natural abundance and human notions
of wealth—from seals to shellfish to sea
otters to herring, halibut, and salmon—in Alaska’s iconic Kachemak Bay.
Kachemak Bay is a place where
people and the living resources they
depend on have ebbed and flowed
for thousands of years. The forces
of the earth are dynamic here: they
can change in an instant, shaking the
ground beneath your feet or overturning
kayaks in a rushing wave. Glaciers
have advanced and receded over centuries.
The climate, like the ocean, has
shifted from warmer to colder and back
again in a matter of decades. The ocean
food web has been shuffled from bottom
to top again and again.
In Entangled, Sigman contemplates
the patterns of people staying and leaving,
of settlement and displacement,
nesting her own journey to Kachemak
Bay within diasporas of her Jewish ancestors
and of ancient peoples from
Asia to the southern coast of Alaska.
Along the way she weaves in scientific
facts about the region as well as the
stories told by Alaska’s indigenous peoples.
It is a rhapsodic introduction to
this stunning region and a siren call to
protect the land’s natural resources in
the face of a warming, changing world.
Marilyn Sigman is a specialist in marine education and wildlife management who taught
and served as a naturalist guide for more than a decade in Kachemak Bay.