In Four Fish Greenberg says “I couldn’t help but think that in a way the future of wild salmon and the future of the Yupik people were somehow sadly parallel to each other.” I think what Greenberg is trying to convey is how connected the survival of Yupik culture is to the survival of wild salmon. Greenberg talks about how as salmon have declined Yupik communities are now somewhat dependent on food stamps. This is in a similar way to how salmon runs are becoming dependent on stocked fish. In other words, he is trying to say that if wild Alaska salmon disappear, then the Yupik people will disappear.
Personally, I tend to agree with Greenbergs assertion. The traditional Yupik way of life is impossible without robust wild salmon runs, if these runs disappear then Yupik culture will disappear. I also Greenberg was trying to point out that the Yupik community has an effect on the salmon as well, the Yupik community is not just dependent on the salmon, the salmon depend on the Yupik community as well. The Yupik people and the salmon have been co-dependent on each other for tens of thousands of years, and they will continue to be co-dependent. Greenberg points out that Yupik communities have one of the highest rates of suicide and poverty in the United States, and this decline of the communities is paralleled by the decline of the king salmon runs in the Yukon river and other rivers around Alaska, such as the Susitna and Kuskokwim.