Melting Permafrost Due To Climate Change Jeopardizes Native Alaskan’s Food Storage

Melting Permafrost Due To Climate Change Jeopardizes Native Alaskan’s Food Storage

For generations, Native Alaskans have stored their food year-round in icy cellars that have been dug deep underground, but recently many of these cellars are either becoming too warm so that the food spoils or failing completely due to flooding or collapse Civil Eats’ Kayla Frost reported from Alaska The cellars, known as siġluaqs, are usually about 10 to 20 feet below the surface and consist of a small room that used to be consistently about 10 degrees Fahrenheit year-round.

Why This Matters:  The loss of these natural freezers could be devastating to Native Alaskans.

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Alaska’s Bowhead Whales Are MIA, Leaving Eskimos Short of Key Source of Food

Alaska’s Bowhead Whales Are MIA, Leaving Eskimos Short of Key Source of Food

Alaskan Native Tribes began their annual bowhead whale hunt over a month ago, but so far in Utqiagvik the whalers have seen no whales — this is unprecedented — last year at this point in the hunt these Alaskans had already landed 20.  This was the warmest summer ever and there is less ice offshore according to the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy, which many believe is causing the whales to migrate much farther away from shore.

Why This Matters:  Because of warmer temperatures in the Arctic, fish that used to remain farther south are moving into the region, with big implications for food security in Alaska and beyond.

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One Cool Thing: With Molly of Denali, Native Americans Get A Plucky Animated Heroine

One Cool Thing: With Molly of Denali, Native Americans Get A Plucky Animated Heroine

This fall, PBS premiered a new animated show called Molly of Denali, that “stars” a ten-year-old girl from the Alaskan Athabascan Tribe with a bush pilot for a mother, a wilderness-guide dad, and a diverse cast of Alaskan friends and neighbors. Outside Magazine described it as “Dora the Explorer meets Northern Exposure, except that as the first […]

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