From Julia Reihs: “Meadow Scott invited us over for a home-cooked meal: bear meatballs, sorrel pesto with pasta, and mixed greens from her garden. The food was amazing, and we were surprised to find the bear meat tasted similar to beef (if stored and prepared correctly).” See the rest of Julia and Li Li’s experience with Scott here and here.
After a series of subsistence laws passed in the late 20th century, all Alaskans are eligible to practice subsistence hunting and fishing. However, in times of shortage or conservation, the state and federal government can restrict who meets the requirements for subsistence lifestyles. The needs of those who practice subsistence for customary and traditional reasons are taken into account during these times. In a place like Cordova, Alaska, where distance and accessibility mean that many items must be imported, subsistence lifestyles aid Alaskans economically as it reduces the amount families must pay for said items. Those who practice subsistence are at the greater mercy of the environment and its seasonal changes which can mean making creative dishes from the ingredients available–just like Meadow Scott and her family do in the above video.