I think that Greenberg was trying to illustrate how interconnected the Yupik people are to wild salmon runs. I feel a lot of people, especially the further they get away from their food source, are incredibly disconnected. I know I have been guilty of it, not thinking or caring where my food came from and the effect it had on other’s or the environment.
I think the parallel that Greenberg was attempting to illustrate is that, like with the salmon runs, we don’t know when a threshold has been crossed and the Yupik can no longer survive. I feel that he conveyed this point beautifully by saying how a large portion of Alaskan salmon may be on “human life support already” and we just won’t know unless we stop stocking those rivers. He then goes onto stay how he felt it was unlikely without outside help that the Yupik people would stay in the Yukon River flood plains. Just like with stocked rivers we wouldn’t know if the Yupik people could survive with that outside assistance.
I am inclined to agree with Greenberg that the Yupik people and the future of salmon are parallel. The Yupik people rely greatly on the salmon runs however I wonder if perhaps the health of the salmon runs depend on the Yupik. With their knowledge, connection and through their stewardship, the Yupik have kept the salmon run healthy, long before fish and game regulations. So perhaps if the voices of the Yupik are heard, we wont end up crossing that threshold and both people are fish will have a future.