Monday, October 29, 2007

Walrus

This weekend one of the locals caught a walrus. Usually at least one walrus is shot each year. The picture shows a walrus that was cut up on Saturday by several local residents. The person who shot the walrus keeps the ivory tusks. It took several men to haul the walrus from the ocean, to the river, and back to the village. Once the walrus meat was butchered, an announcement was made on the VHF offering to give each family some walrus meat. Sharing is very common in this community. People still live a subsistence lifestyle and there’s always game to freeze before winter arrives.

6 comments:

skipvia said...

GREAT photo and another wonderful contribution to the story of Kongiganak. You are doing an exceptional job of teaching the world about life in an Alaskan village. The more we know, the more we understand and care. We should all be aware of this as we involve our students in telling the stories of where they live.

SueN said...

mmmmmm.....Wow aspiaq! Hi Kendra, Nice photo. Sounds like Kong. won't be hungry this winter. So nice to have fresh walrus meat. Sue

Thersea D. Gibson said...

One of my favorite treats is walrus liver-Yum! Great photo! Theresa

darleneulak said...

what a nice picture! So late in the season to get a walrus, we get ours in the spring. Yum, fresh skin.

KendraKrenz said...

It's been so long ago, I haven't seen anyone harvest for walrus in the springtime in Kong. It's always in the fall time.

bblack said...

Yes they do catch in the spring time as well, during spring hunting season. Great Job Kendra, keep it up!!