Scientists relying more on traditional Alaska Native knowledge
My mother had so much to tell us about the taiga forest that she took my brothers and me into the woods during the summer when we were children.
“Chew this,” she’d say, handing us hard chunks of spruce sap. “It’s gum.” Or “Don’t pick all the flowers. Don’t pick all the berries. Save some for others and for them to come back next year.”
>Mom was Gwich'in/Alutiiq, and it was her job to tell us about the land. Because of this, we knew which plants were good to eat or had good berries. One thing eluded her, though. She was always trying to make a willow flute just like her father made her... read more