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Food Life History of the North Workshop

Date Posted: October 23, 2021       Categories: News

A 2-day workshop on “Food Life History of the North” is being held online on October 27, 2021 (3:00- 10:00pm, Alaska Time) and October 28, 2021 (3:00-8:00pm Alaska Time).

This is the second workshop organized as a part of a project at the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN), Kyoto, Japan titled: “Traditional Food Preservation and Cache Using Freezing Environment –Transformation and Heritage of Food Life History of the North Under the Global Environmental Shift.”

The cold storage practice (underground cache and pits) is closely related to food security, food sovereignty, culture, and health in communities in the Beringia region. The project aims to: document the traditional use of cold storage, which has been greatly affected by global-scale environmental changes; address the current issues community members are facing; and collaborate with the communities in co-production and sharing of knowledge.

The workshop consists of a panel discussion (day 1), three thematic sessions (day 1-2), and one plenary discussion (day 2). In the panel discussion, researchers of different academic and personal backgrounds share their experiences regarding conducting research in northern communities, and how to ensure local values and sharing of knowledge are included. Preliminary results from this year’s field studies will be reported in the respective Siberia and Alaska sessions. The plenary discussion expects to augment ideas and information of the two-day presentations, and shape future needs for research on cold storage practices.

For more information, a detailed schedule, and to register for the Zoom link, go to:  https://www.chikyu.ac.jp/rihn_e/events/2021/1028-29.html

For more information, contact Yoko Kugo, ykugo@alaska.edu