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- n. A common food in western Alaska, consisting of whipped fat mixed with berries and sometimes fish and sugar.
Berries are baked into pies, preserved for long winters and, in Native villages, mixed with animal fat or fish oil to create a sweet delicacy called akutaq.
Alaskans apparently scream for akutaq, an ice cream-like confection made from reindeer fat, seal oil and salmonberries.
It's not just the Native masks on the wall, the salmon strips on the table or the bowl of akutaq (Eskimo ice cream) in the fridge, it's also the seal-skin ball dangling by rope from the cathedral ceiling in the middle of her living room.