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"Alaskan Bush People" review by Sundi 5/4/14
Premieres Tuesday May 6 10/9c on Discovery

While I am, by no means, a prissy little city-mouse, the lives of the Brown family in Discovery Channel’s new reality show, Alaskan Bush People, could make even the most seasoned survivalist feel pampered. Following the lives of Billy and Ami, and their seven children in the Alaskan wilderness, this show is I Survived meets Swamp People (minus the accents) meets 19 Kids and Counting. For some, this may sound like a dream combo, but for the rest, don’t let this discourage you from checking out this show about a family that will make you think twice about complaining about your Wifi connection.

The Browns have been living off the Alaskan land for all of their lives and have never lived closer than a thousand miles from a major city. In fact, they go stretches of months without laying eyes on another human.  None of the seven children, ranging in ages from six to thirty,  have ever been on an elevator, and have no idea who Kim Kardashian or Tiger Woods are (one believed Tiger Woods was a national park in the Midwest).  They lived together (all nine of them) in a one room cabin for thirty years, before the government seized control of their house and burned it to the ground while they were away on a day trip (they admit their cabin was illegally, yet inadvertently situated on government land).  The show picks up as they move to their newly purchased five acres of raw wilderness in the northern bush of Alaska’s most remote region.

They are the absolute more resourceful, efficient group of folks I have ever seen. They hunt and forage for every meal and only supplement with trips to a market twice a month. They built their new home directly from the timber and lumber culled from the land they bought, and appointed one Brown lookout so none of them would wake up to “a bear dragging your family member off by the leg.”  Ami cooks dinner every night over a fire one of the boys starts, and she washes dishes using a gallon jug of water. It’s unbelievable what one can accomplish when necessity and survival become the main priority.

The sheer novelty of this show fuels my curiosity and I am fascinated by how these folks survive on next-to-nothing. Check out this show next time you’re feeling dissatisfied with having to mow your yard twice a month.

What do you think of the Browns? Tweet me and tell me what is the most shocking thing you saw them do.



Premieres Tuesday, May 6th at 10pm ET/PT

Deep in the Alaskan wilderness lives a newly discovered family who was born and raised wild.  These are the ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE, premiering on Discovery on Tuesday, May 6th at 10:00pm EST/PST.   Billy Brown, his wife Ami and their seven grown children – 5 boys and 2 girls – are so far removed from civilization that they often go six to nine months of the year without seeing an outsider. They’ve developed their own accent and dialect, refer to themselves as a “wolf pack” and at night, all nine sleep together in a one-room cabin. Simply put, they are unlike any other family in America.

Recently, according to the Browns, the cabin where they lived for years was seized and burned to the ground for being in the wrong location on public land. They were devastated, but instead of giving up and moving back to society, they decided to go deeper into the wilderness to continue their way of life. Their new land is located in the Copper River Valley, where temperatures can drop to 60 degrees below zero.  It’s a race against the clock as the winter gets closer and closer. The Browns must work together to build a new cabin that will protect them from the harsh Alaskan environment, but the falling temperatures and dwindling daylight make it harder and harder. They’ll use what the land provides to construct their small home and will also have to contend with other rogue bush people. It’ll be tough, but having lived this way for decades, the family wouldn’t have it any other way.

“Our family is doing what is natural for human beings to do. We survive on what we hunt, fish, trap and barter for,” Brown says. “If you think about it, it’s the life we were meant to live.” His family echoes his sentiments:

  • Ami - “We figured out we didn’t need modern society…we could live off the ocean and the forest.”
  • Matt (31)– “People are always saying we have some kind of accent.  I don’t know where it comes from.  I guess it’s from all the different people that live here in Alaska.”
  • Bam Bam (29) – “You go through the forest and then into the wilderness, and you just keep on going; when you think you can’t go any farther and you’ve come to the very tip end of the wilderness, that’s where the bush starts, and that’s where nobody else ever goes.”
  • Bear (26) – “Our family is a lot like a wolf pack or a clan ‘cause we stick together.  We’re like the three musketeers, actually.  It’s all for one and one for all.”
  • Gabe (24) – “It’s not like we’re backwards or cavemen even though our lifestyle can be quite primitive.”
  • Noah (21) – “We’re all homeschooled, and even though we’re in the middle of nowhere, we do get bits and pieces of the culture from the lower 48.”
  • Snowbird (19) – “Girl time is different in the bush.  We don’t just do our nails and play with dolls.  We like to hunt, and we like to fish…”
  • Rainy (11) – “My name is Merry Christmas Catherine Raindrop Brown, and people call me Rainy.”

This “simple life” that the Brown family lives is far from simple.  But this is the life that these ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE know and love.

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