Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Learning to like Muktuk: An Unlikely Explorer in Territorial Alaska

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Learning to like Muktuk: An Unlikely Explorer in Territorial Alaska

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Learning to Like Muktuk: An Unlikely Explorer in Territorial Alaska By Penelope S. Easton (2014)

I did not want Learning to Like Muktuk: An Unlikely Explorer in Territorial Alaska to end. The memoir, published by Oregon State University Press, is about Easton's stint in Territorial Alaska from 1948 to 1950 as a dietary consultant for the Alaskan Health Department.

Easton writes with humor, compassion, and frankness about the malnutrition and the lack of sensitivity of the White people toward the indigenous people and their food preferences. Through working in hospitals, orphanages, schools, and community groups, Easton sought meaningful ways to learn about Native Alaskan people and their food pathways. She connected with the Native Alaskans as well as those who worked with them, with both compassion and respect while she sought practical ways to improve their health through food.

At the requests of many hospital officials, she developed food manual and dietary guidelines that were distributed throughout Alaska. She published a booklet on the use of native foods to meet nutritional guidelines. …

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