Who is Snowbird Brown?
Snowbird Brown was born on 18 November 1994, in Alaska, USA, and is a reality television personality, best known for being one of the cast members of the Discovery Channel series entitled “Alaskan Bush People”. The show follows her and her family making it through the Alaskan wilderness, surviving in an unconventional lifestyle.
The Net Worth of Snowbird Brown
How rich is Snowbird Brown? As of late-2018, sources estimate a net worth that is over $200,000, earned largely through a successful career on reality television. She doesn’t really earn other income apart from the show, as the family lean on other means such as bartering to help them survive in Alaska. However, as she continues her endeavors, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Before TelevisionAccording to an interview, Snowbird was born and raised without contact from anyone in the outside world for most of her childhood, only interacting with her family. Her parents had actually eloped and married, and decided to settle in Alaska without seeing their respective families. Her mother married when she was just 15 years old and the couple would have seven children together. They also decided to raise their family without any contact with the outside world initially. One of Snowbird’s siblings is Joshua, who was trained to be skilled in hunting and tracking. Other siblings include Gabriel who also hunts, tracks, and is also a fisherman – he was only three months old when the family decided to travel using a fishing boat. He is also passionate about arts, and expressed an interest in painting portraits. The youngest member of the family is Rain, who spends a lot of time sculpting and reading books.
Alaskan Bush People
The family lived mainly away from the spotlight, and from human contact until their endeavors were eventually discovered by the public, leading them to be approached by television producers., who offered them an opportunity to become stars of their own reality television series, eventually named “Alaskan Bush People”. The show started in 2014 on the Discovery Channel, and filmed on location near Hoonah, before the family later settled on Chichagof Island. The series portrays the Brown family’s life, which mainly consisted of them travelling to a variety of locations in Alaska, and building temporary shelters.The family establishes a homestead in each location but it is temporary, later moving to other places if need be. Eventually, they established a more permanent homestead on Chichagof Island, where they discovered they could use labor, wood, and transportation as a means to barter for the things they needed to survive. The show proved popular, and has been running for eight seasons, however, not without problems. Many critics of the show state that the entire show is scripted and fake, with the family members not really who they say they are.
Residency Issues and Relocation
Due to the supposed situation of the Brown family before their television fame, Billy and Joshua Brown submitted forms to the Permanent Fund Dividend which is owned by the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, and uses a percentage of the oil money Alaska was getting to help current and future generations of people in the region. With their popularity increasing, an investigation was done by the Alaska Department of Revenue, and it revealed that the Browns had falsified numerous documents in hopes of getting money from the fund. They were charged with 60 counts of first degree unsworn falsification, with the funds they got considered as first and second degree theft taking place from 2009 to 2012.
Billy Brown was charged on 24 of those counts, allegedly accountable for the theft of $13,000 worth in dividend money, which he used for himself and for others. According to reports, the family spent more than 180 days a year living outside of Alaska, and so had lied on their applications. The Browns pleaded guilty to the falsification, with Billy and Joshua spending 30 days in jail. This issue brought more fuel to the fire that already surrounded the family with criticisms about the reality show being false. Detractors state that the Browns not staying in Alaska for long periods of time proves that they aren’t really bush people, and their claims of an unusual lifestyle largely cut- off from the world are false.
With the issues in Alaska reaching a conclusion, it was decided that the family was no longer welcome in the state. The matriarch of the family and Snowbird’s mother, Ami was also diagnosed with lung cancer, and the entire family had to move to Los Angeles for her to receive treatment. In 2018, it was announced that latter seasons of “Alaskan Bush People” will now be filmed in Washington State, as the family decided to move there.
According to reports, the family bought a lakefront house in Omak, Washington valued at $500,000. Then they started filming there, amid rumors starting to surface about the family not communicating well with others – residents of Omak have gone public about their dislike of the family and their camera crew in the town. Some sources state that the family feels awkward in the area, as if they don’t belong, and they are being heavily protected by the camera crew, which caused many neighbors to view them negatively. The cast members have also been spotted publicly with encounters from locals stating that the family seemed to be faking a lot of their movements. Supporters of the show try to debunk those claims, stating that all those assumptions are based from an already negative viewpoint of the family due to past issues.