Furs in mind, pollens and the greens plenty

The fur fashion purse is no where to be found. The lost fur craft item has stolen my creativity to sew – actually summer is here a short time and its time to harvest fish and eatable plants. Spring hunting was a success for my extended family on the Kuskokwim River. We are grateful for opportunities to gather and pass on the traditional subsistence lifestyle to our children.

Eatable greens have come out of the frozen ground and are defrosted into our body in need of vitamins and fiber. First the fiddle heads are happily gathered. The smelts and hooligans are dipped out of the rivers. The salmon are swimming their way into the rivers to be hung on racks and smoked to preserve. The migratory birds have layed their eggs. On the coast of Alaska, herrings are harvested and halibut are fished out of the sea. The small and big mammals have gained their offspring. The Arctic ground squirrels are running around like no tomorrow; my thought have been trapping for them. These are a glimpse of what Alaska is!

I have been attacked by the pollens – making no fun under the Fairbanks hot sun.   We are happy when rain comes down!

Yesterday evening my mom, sister, niece, nephew and I went out to pick the first of our summer harvest: wild rubarhb!

In Yup’ik we call them “Angukat” plural. I make them for dessert, mix in yogurt and hand full of tundra blueberries and sugar to your taste.

We pick them when they are a foot or so tall before the stems harden. Every part of the plant is eatable, unlike the domestic rhubarb.

We separate the leaves and stems. We boil the leaves and you can add the chopped stems to the boiling pot.

I store a half quart ziplock bags and freeze for winter food. For lunch we had fresh greens for dessert;

I have not furgotten the toddler parka: and updated progress will be posted soon.

We are enjoying the summer and there are more day and night lights to enjoy! Piurci!

Author: Nasek'taq

I am a Yup'ik woman from Akiacuaq (Akiachak) Alaska, living in Fairbanks Alaska. I am Alaska Native Artist. I am a poet! I am a wife of an amazing man from South Lake Tahoe. I am a mother of two children. I enjoy the outdoors in Alaska. I am sharing my experiences of Alaska Native crafts and arts. I made a Yup'ik woman's traditional fancy parka, "Qaliq." I am in a process of working on a child size parka. I share wonderful things about Alaska, the arts and the outdoors.