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Knowledge, bonding & storytelling:

Petersburg's first annual Fall Adult Culture Festival


September 20, 2018

Savann Guthrie / Petersburg Pilot

L to R Pauline Young, Sydney Guthrie, Brenda Norheim, Ruth Demmert, Mike Jackson and Kitty Young wait for a taste of seal. After separating the seal blubber from the seal meat the blubber is put into a hot pot of oil to fry and crisp up, like a pork rind and is considered a delicacy. Mike Jackson and Ruth Demmert of Kake imparted their wisdom to avoid cooking seal inside due to the odor.

Knowledge, bonding and storytelling are the words used by the organizers to describe the First Annual Fall Adult Culture Festival that took place at Sandy Beach Park Sept. 7-9 in conjunction with the Rainforest Festival.

Marsha Cook, Kayla Perry and Christina Sargent, the key organizers for the event, were inspired by their own time foraging for berries, mushrooms and other edibles. Cook had sent four years living in Kake and participating in the annual youth culture camps held there. They decided to take the foraging to the next level in collaboration with Petersburg Indian Association (PI...

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