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Old 10-16-2011, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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What a great website Warpt... thank you for that... I would love to be there someday to help gather/ collect these different "mouse foods" so see first hand what it takes to prepare from beginning to end since this seems to be the womans role in the fall. I agree with Blue about a separate blog about native culture and traditions. Cold weather is settling in there very fast I bet. time to start putting on the ski's on the planes soon... Enjoy your day everyone
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Old 10-16-2011, 12:03 PM
 
Location: At the end of the road
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Seal oil sounds gross? One thing I noticed is that the Yup'ik tend to love their seal oil; seems like it's the favored food additive, especially for dipping things in. I would most definitely try it. What is it that gets put in the ground and frozen? Is it herring? They talk about eating frozen pieces of herring (I think?) dipped in seal oil to make it more delicious. And I noticed also that they would always render the seal oil at the fish camps and bring it back to the villages in big barrels in the boats. All that notwithstanding, there is one thing the Yup'ik make that I am just dying to try: akutaq! Is it as good as it sounds, Warpt?
Seal oil is a staple up here too. From what I have read, it is a really healthy form of fat. I would love to try it sometime!
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Old 10-16-2011, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Point Hope Alaska
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Seal oil is a staple up here too. From what I have read, it is a really healthy form of fat. I would love to try it sometime!
Flammable Fat - is widely used in all villages, for many different things, in addition to food.

Severe congestion ? Any elder will tell you to rub seal oil on your chest.

Aqutak is very good; each village has its own recipe; It varies from household to household and from village to village. Each recipe is distinct in its own ways. For instance in Point Hope - Bone Marrow is used as one of the many different ingredients; in addition to caribou meat and salmon berries. Other villages use crisco. Seal oil is prepared @ home. in the Arctic villages. Every house has a small bottle in the frig. I used to take a tablespoon every day @ noon for a couple of years - it thickens your blood, it does help to keep you much warmer.
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Old 10-16-2011, 03:44 PM
 
Location: At the end of the road
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Here are a few pics from Atqasuk. These were taken in September.

My younger two girls checking out the remains of a caribou (tuttu..sp?) head/antlers near the river.



Sunset over the lake.


Tundra pic by the river:


Full moon over the edge of town and the tundra

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Old 10-16-2011, 03:51 PM
 
Location: At the end of the road
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And some October shots...yes winter is here!



Hoar frost on a cold, foggy evening:



Apparently my youngest thinks snow tastes good!


Fog bow? I am not even sure what is called. Fog was rolling in on the other side of town when this appeared.



One night, a young, frisky but basically nice dog got out. It ended up knocking my youngest down about 5 times. I was across the field and before I could get to her, some of the older kids stopped and grabbed her. She is with the older kids in the picture being pulled by the snow machine. She had such a good time that they gave her several rides that night. Very grateful to those kids for taking care of my baby!

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Old 10-16-2011, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Over the Rainbow...
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And some October shots...yes winter is here!



Hoar frost on a cold, foggy evening:



Apparently my youngest thinks snow tastes good!


Fog bow? I am not even sure what is called. Fog was rolling in on the other side of town when this appeared.



One night, a young, frisky but basically nice dog got out. It ended up knocking my youngest down about 5 times. I was across the field and before I could get to her, some of the older kids stopped and grabbed her. She is with the older kids in the picture being pulled by the snow machine. She had such a good time that they gave her several rides that night. Very grateful to those kids for taking care of my baby!


Yes, winter has arrived. Girls look happy. It is obvious all of you like your new move.
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Old 10-16-2011, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Taken about 15 minutes ago.

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Old 10-16-2011, 07:48 PM
 
Location: on top of a mountain
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Taken about 15 minutes ago.
sweeet...that is a massively wide rainbow!
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Old 10-16-2011, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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About a month ago:


Today:


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Old 10-16-2011, 09:25 PM
 
Location: 112 Ocean Avenue
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sweeet...that is a massively wide rainbow!
No kidding. That's about the biggest rainbow I've seen. Things may be bigger in TX, but they're the biggest in AK.
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