Pixel Point is hosting an open house for Michael Holloway’s Memoir, Dreaming Bears.
Please join us and meet the author and learn more about his Alaskan adventure and the Gwich’in People.
Friday, May 2, 2014 at Pixel Point in Downtown Anderson, SC
109 Sharpe Street
Dreaming Bears is the true story of the rare friendship that develops between a young medical student with deep roots in the South and an elderly Indian couple in the wilds of northeast Alaska. In 1961, Mike Holloway, his brother Ted, and a college friend set out from South Carolina to spend the summer hiking in Arctic Alaska, intending to live off the land. They end up in the homeland of the Gwich’in – the northernmost Indians in North America.
The young men charter a small plane into the isolated village of Venetie, where the tribal chief directs them to the remote cabins of Johnny and Sarah Frank. The elderly Gwich’in couple lived a thirty-five-mile walk from the village and more than a hundred air miles from the closest road. Johnny was a well-known storyteller and former medicine man. Sarah made their home welcoming with warm, calm kindness – her well-worn hands seldom idle.
His rich encounters in Gwich’in country deepen Mike’s love of wild land and his respect for those who depend upon it for their survival. The experience alters his life. He becomes the adopted grandson of Johnny and Sarah, returning to Alaska as a doctor and an advocate for the land and its people.
“We won’t be seeing stories like this anymore, this remarkable real-deal first-person account of two generous and wry Indian elders who were still living out in the Brooks Range wilderness in the 1960s. Johnny and Sarah Frank’s memories reach back to the time before settled villages, to years of near-starvation and animal dreaming, while their grandchildren would become Native leaders in the modern era. Their story is told by a wide-eyed Southern doctor who stumbles into the Chandalar River country and is transformed into an advocate for the protection of wild Alaska and Native subsistence rights. “Dreaming Bears” is Alaska’s “Dersu Uzala.””
- Tom Kizzia, author of “Pilgrim’s Wilderness” and “The Wake of the Unseen Object.”