Subsistence, Life, and Culture

seasonal cycle graphic

This figure summarizes past and present environmental conditions that people in Interior Alaska have experienced, and how changes in environmental conditions may limit access to hunting, fishing, trapping, or gathering. This figure is illustrative only, and may not fully capture all of the variation experienced across Interior Alaska. Source: Community Partnerships for Self-Reliance program


More than just food: family, fitness, identity, community, memory, spirit

Subsistence is the core of life of rural Alaska. The illustration at right shows foods used through the seasons, and how these seasons are changing.

What's a walrus worth?

The value of walrus and other subsistence foods is almost impossible to quantify, because these are so critical to sustaining culture and community.

In purely economic terms, though, a walrus provides about 500 pounds of high quality protein—the equivalent of approximately 800 beefsteak meals, which are less nutritious than walrus.

This amount of meat would also cost $6,000-$7,000 in rural Alaska—or about $12-$14 per pound—unaffordable for many rural residents.

Poster: Sustaining Subsistence, Life, and Culture

Full size printed posters are available. Poster dimensions are approximately 2' x 3'. Please contact us to find out more.