More Than a Year Later, a Record Storm Still Thwarts Subsistence Food Harvests in Alaska

Destroyed boats, gear, berries and more left some Alaskans reliant on expensive store-bought food and neighbors


By Emily Schwing. HCN.

In late summer, Alaska’s tundra is littered with little round dark purple berries the size of pencil erasers. In the Cup’ik dialect, they’re known as kavlakuaraq. Botanists call them Empetrum nigrum. English speakers in Alaska...

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