Alaskan Igloo

This is a traditional northern Alaskan igloo from the early 20th century. The left section is the cache, or shed where food is stored. The gasoline cans have seal oil in them. The object on the box is an empty seal poke which often is filled with bits of fat or blubber to dry out. Sometimes they cook livers and bits or walrus skin a long time then store it in a poke until winter. All summer the women and girls are out roaming the hills and mountains, picking leaves and getting roots, which they eat with seal oil, like a salad. They pack the leaves in kegs and keep them for months. The right section is the living room.

Date: Ca. 1930

Image #: 117.1985.31
Alaskan Igloo