Field trips in the Bush 

Today we had our first school field trip! 

We decided to take the students to go berry picking, then make some Akutaq with our bounty. Fields trips in the bush are very different from field trips in the lower 48! For one we don’t have a school bus so field trips consist of walking or loading everyone into the school truck. Since our trip today was going to be by the airport we had to take the truck. 

After we arrived at our location everyone unloaded and started picking Berries! We were very lucky that a few parents let us borrow Alaskan Berry Picking claws! This is a big help because otherwise you have to pick each berry one by one. 

We spent an very successful hour picking berries. We came back with 3 gallon freezer bags and 4 sandwich bags of blackberries. I think if the students had saved all the berries they ate we probably could have had 8 gallon bags!! We had a lot of blue/purple mouths when we were done! 

After getting back to school we made Akutaq (also named Eskimo Ice cream). This consists of berries, crisco, and sugar. The traditional way of making it is using animal fat or fish instead of crisco. To love Akutaq I feel like you really have to have a developed taste for it. I have had it made with fish and it was a little rough for me to finish. I have also had it done with lots of berries and sugar and just a little crisco and it’s definitely better. 

This is a picture of our blackberry Akutaq. It was fun making the Akutaq and the students are very excited to share it tonight at our community potluck! 


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