Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Tundra Vegetables

My aunt picked these tundra vegetables called, “Kapuukaraat” in Yup’ik. They are found on mossy edges of tundra lakes and in ponds along the coast of the Kuskokwim. They are picked and cleaned in water. The vegetables are frozen and used in bird soup and stir fry caribou. While not eaten raw, they can also be used as a side dish with seal and fish. They provide a rich source of Vitamin C. We have many nutritious Native foods available in the Kuskokwim area. People along the coast have lived off the land and picked these good nutritious foods for many years. Most people stay busy gathering food from spring time until the fall.

I will be gone most of the summer and won’t be taking part in subsistence gathering and hunting. I am going to continue taking classes through distance education this summer. I will be back mid-August and should have plenty of time to take part in some subsistence gathering activities.

Have a great summer!


skipvia said...

I always learn so much from reading your blog. One day, you're going to have to write a book about the subsistence life in southwest Alaska. It would be a wonderful read and it would do a lot to improve understanding among people. Keep writing!

blogger said...

I thought some primary schoolchildren in Australia would be interested in hearing some Yup'ik names for basic items but I can't find any audio files on the Internet. That might be something to consider when back in the blogging arena.

The "Ranunculus" family has similar plants down there, I think. Looks delicious.

Have fun with your studies.


Sherrie Soltis said...

Hi Kendra!

Glad to see your still posting on your blog. I had been checking it with no new posts for a while! How is school going? I have one more year till i graduate! yeah!

Would love to hear more! keep posting!

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