Health and Culture

Story: Reindeer herding on the Seward Peninsula supplements caribou.

Health and Culture

Reindeer husbandry has been practiced on the Seward Peninsula for over a century. The reindeer are maintained as a local food source and a source of economic development. Read more…

Health and Culture

Individuals and communities can express their cultural identity, document local and traditional knowledge they want to maintain, and continue oral traditions. Individuals can spend time with and learn from Elders. Individuals and communities can maintain subsistence and culture camps, and try new subsistence species. Individuals and communities can develop new designs for things people already use, such as new technology or methods for freezing or drying fish or meat given changes in air temperature and humidity, although some food preservation technology requires electricity.

Supplement Subsistence with Herding and Gardens.

Individuals and communities can grow food, plant a garden or berry bush to supplement subsistence with fresh locally-produced, healthy food. Individuals can learn about food preservation techniques for garden harvests.

Maintain Subsistence Access.

Communities, resource managers and policy makers can improve communication and work together to adjust subsistence seasons and other regulations to new species patterns and conditions, Individuals can engage regulatory advisory committees, and testify at meetings, Resource managers can explore new or different management options. Communities can consider a voluntary community moratorium on hunting if an alternative food source is available to communicate to the world that, “We have a strong commitment to the future for our kids.” Policy makers can build more flexibility into decision-making and government regulations. Decision-makers can listen and allow more input from residents about appropriate subsistence quotas, fines, season dates, etc.

Keep drinking water clean and the landscape pristine.

Individuals, communities, businesses and organizations can reduce waste, reuse, recycle, and compost. Communities can improve sanitation, water and wastewater systems, and waste management. Communities and resource managers can work together to enforce land use standards and behaviors that maintain ecosystem health.

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