ALEUTIAN PRIBILOF ISLANDS ASSOCIATION, INC. RELEASES NEW CULTURAL BOOK ON TRADITIONAL FOODS AND RECIPES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
by Dimitri Philemonof, President/CEO
July 16, 2014 ~ Anchorage, Alaska

ALEUTIAN PRIBILOF ISLANDS ASSOCIATION, INC.

RELEASES NEW CULTURAL BOOK ON
TRADITIONAL FOODS AND RECIPES FROM THE REGION
Qaqamii}u{*: Traditional Foods and Recipes from the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands

SEA LION MEATBALLS, PICKLED OCTOPUS, SEAGULL EGG PIE, AND HALIBUT LOAF… These are a few examples of the recipes you will discover when paging through this new publication. The Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Inc. (APIA), the regional tribal consortium servicing the 13 Tribes in the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands Region, is releasing a book on traditional foods and recipes. Full of historical, nutritional and cultural information on food harvesting, preservation and preparation, this book is the first of its kind for the Unangan / Unangas, or the people from the region. Hundreds of recipes and information on sea lion, seal, fish, tidal foods, plants, wild birds, and reindeer are included, but this is only one piece of rich material included in the book.

Funded by a 6-year grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention focused on using traditional foods for health promotion and diabetes prevention, APIA produced this publication to promote traditional food use and to celebrate the cultural and nutritional value of the foods. Suanne Unger, employee of APIA for the past 13 years, produced this book with guidance from Elders, hunters, and food preparers from the region. Iliodor Philemonof and Moses Dirks provided translation for hundreds of words into two dialects of the regional language, Unangam tunuu.

Highlights of the book include: traditional values and stories, hundreds of recipes from recorded interviews and regional cookbooks, nutrition information for each traditional food described (when available), hundreds of words translated intoUnagam tunuu, historic and contemporary information on harvesting, preserving and preparing traditional foods, information on the role traditional foods plays in the prevention of dietary-related disease and beautiful historic photographs from collections worldwide. Full of historical photographs from worldwide archives and collections and contemporary photos, nearly every page of the 381-page book is illustrated.

In the foreword to the book, Dr. Gary Ferguson, Director of Wellness and Prevention at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, concludes: “We can never take for granted our traditional knowledge. We must preserve and protect it. Through the resources in this book, we come together in the celebration of our foods and what it means to be Unanga{.”

A reception for this book release is scheduled for Tuesday July 29, 2014 from 12:00-3:00 pm at the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association (the Unangum Ulaa) at 1131 East International Airport Drive, Anchorage, AK. You may contact Sue Unger, APIA Environmental Health Research Coordinator at 907-276-2700 or sueu@apiai.org. APIA will begin selling the book at the celebration on July 29 and then it will be available for purchase online: http://www.apiai.org/shop/ APIA is selling the first 1,000 copies at $25, a very reasonable price based on the fact that it is hard cover and 381 pages of full color. The price will be higher on a reprint in the future.
*”to hunt or fish for food and collect plants; subsistence”

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