Changes in Underground Food Storage Traditions: Exploring Food Life-History and Food Security in Beringian Communities

The proposed research is an effort to understand underground food storage traditions and practices surrounding the “life-history” of food in Beringian communities, and the changes to these traditions due to culture change and climate change. It is fundamentally a research concerning food security and food sovereignty in Indigenous Beringian communities. We take an anthropology-based social science approach, alongside climate science and earth science approaches, to 1) investigate the use of underground cache practices in the Arctic communities in the past and present, and 2) to document local concerns regarding the harvesting, sharing, and consumption of local foods in response to thawing frozen ground and socioeconomic changes. The primary objective is to document past conditions and current challenges surrounding food security, and to develop locally informed strategies to address these challenges.

Participants Involved in This Project

Michael in a classroom

Mike Koskey | Researcher Fellow

University of Alaska Fairbanks, Center for Cross-Cultural Studies, Indigenous Studies Graduate Programs | Fairbanks, Alaska
Yoko in front of mountains

Yoko Kugo | Researcher Fellow

Center for Cross-Cultural Studies | University of Alaska Fairbanks
Meghan in front of bright purple flowers

Meghan Nealon | Educator Fellow

GrowingGreat | Los Angeles, CA