Category Archives: Subsistence

Kachemak

Five hundred years ago, people loved this place. We know this by the things they left behind: the bones and shells of halibut, salmon, chitons, clams, and mussels. We know they came here to the clifftops, and stood under the … Continue reading

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Alaska Homegrown

The Veggie Bus came to town yesterday. And Joe dug his potatoes. And we caught a couple of fish. It was one of the best days of the year. September can be difficult for me. The first autumn I was … Continue reading

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Cloudberry

Start with a blackberry, but take away all the purple flavors, prickly vines, and heaviness of the dark forest. Get down on your knees (yes, like you are praying) and smell the ancient volcanic soil, willow fluff, and lichens. Feel … Continue reading

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Seal Harvest

“To request seal: Call the Tribal Government the day before the scheduled harvest from which you want seal. Requests for seal will be limited to a maximum of 5 seals per individual per harvest. The Tribal Government insists that the … Continue reading

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Freedom Is In the Freezer: Subsistence Fishing for Halibut

Here’s a link to my essay “Freedom Is In the Freezer: Subsistence Fishing for Halibut,” published in the summer 2017 issue of Edible Alaska. The essay originally appeared on this blog back in October 2016, in slightly different form.

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