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Saturday November 25th 2017
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Berry Picking

The middle school/highschool afternoon Yupik Classes of Gambell Schools went inghuyaq (berry picking) for pagunghaq, crowberries, or otherwise known locally as “blackberries”.

Violet Apatiki and Elfie Apangalook picking berries for Yupik Class.

Violet Apatiki and Elfie Apangalook picking berries for Yupik Class.

There were about 20 students and staff involved in two days of picking at the end of the Gambell Lake about two miles south of the school.

Taylor James and Andrew Kunayak picking berries by the end of Gambell lake.

Taylor James and Andrew Kunayak picking berries by the end of Gambell lake.

There were many other people from the community picking on the mountainside. Each student and staff filled a quart-sized bag as much as they could as the wind was blowing.  A total of 1.5 gallons was picked as each berry is small and a bag is hard to fill up. All this picking was done in about two 55 minute periods each day. After picking, the berries were brought to the Home Ec. Room and stored in the freezer. First, the Home Ec. classes made “Avlaawaliiq”, a mixture of the berries, flour and sugar.

Home Ec. instructor showing the students how to "avlaawaliiq".

Home Ec. instructor showing the students how to "avlaawaliiq".

On another day the Home Ec. made “Pagunghaq” Pie.

Slicing up and eating the pagunghaq pie made in Home Ec. class.

Slicing up and eating the pagunghaq pie made in Home Ec. class.

All in all, the students continued on their traditions of picking and storing for the winter, food from the wilderness, at least in one aspect. They also build up on their patience and respect for the great outdoors as it was sometimes challenging to fill up even a small bag in over an hour, and test their might in facing the wind brining in the cold. All their work brought up a tastey treat in the end.

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