Photo by Angela Gonzalez
Many people hunt and fish along the Koyukuk River. Here is a photo of Solomon Yatlin, Janessa Gonzalez, Sarbelio Gonzalez, Ross Sam and Al Yatlin, Jr. in September 2014.

Get Your Jerk On! How to Smoke Moose Meat, Alaska Style

Angela Gonzalez

This post comes to us from a blog called the Athabascan Woman. She offered it up and we jumped at the chance. The photos were all provided by Josephine Derendoff, Koyukon Athabascan, of Huslia.

Many Alaskans go hunting for moose and caribou in September, and they rely on it to get through the winter. We try to use and preserve as much of the meat as we can, so nothing goes to waste. Many people make steaks, soup bones, stew meat, ground meat, sausage, jarred meat, and much more. Many Alaska Natives like to make moose jerky, also known as dried moose/caribou meat or dry meat. Everyone preserves and prepares their meat and fish differently.

Josephine Derendoff, of Huslia, shared some photos of her process of making dry meat.

Ana basee’ to my cousin, Josephine, for sharing her dry meat making process. It is a lot of work, but the results are pretty tasty!

Speaking of a lot of work, it is helpful to work as a team and help each other when putting away moose meat. I went to Huslia in September and we lucked out and got to work on moose meat. I created a time-lapse video using the new Hyperlapse app. It is basically eight minutes squeezed into two minutes. We had fun watching and laughing at the video! The guys (Sarbelio, Ross and Al Jr.) were mainly cutting the meat up and my sister, Tanya and I, were bagging the meat.

Many Alaska Native people still subsist off the land through hunting, fishing and gathering. It can be expensive to buy fuel for ATVs or boats to go out hunting, but it is very much worth it. Transportation is not cheap, and many rural Alaskan communities can only be reached by plane. This brings the prices of food up exponentially. That is why having moose, caribou, fish and berries is so important to have in your freezer. Plus, the way we prepare foods is delicious.

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Submitted by hammertime on
wow... that looks like a great time and it would be a good experience for the kids, everyone should do at least once in their makes me hungry just looking at the pictures of the dried moose meat...