192 pages, 6 x 9
21 b&w photos, 1 cartoon
Learning to Like Muktuk
Oregon State University Press
When Penelope Easton, a Second World War veteran with a Masters inPublic Health, embarked on a journey to post-war territorial Alaska toserve as a dietitian for the Alaskan Health Department, she could notanticipate the stricken conditions she would find. Fascinated by theglorious and unique foods of indigenous Alaskans, such asmuktuk – strips of whale skin and blubber – shetook every opportunity to learn about Native Alaskan peoples and theirfood culture. Easton’s memoirs convey a new perspective on theinteractions of Native and non-Native groups at a critical point inAlaska’s history. Learning to Like Muktuk will enthrallreaders interested in food, the North’s territorial history, andadventure.
Growing up as a child of the Great Depression, PenelopeEaston learned to “make do.” This resourcefulmentality would prove essential in Territorial Alaska. After leavingAlaska she returned to the lower forty-eight where she worked as aprofessor of dietetics.
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