Im on the hunt for traditional Yupik steam houses that village and Bethel transplants have built in the city. Have a secret maqi somewhere in Anchorage? Can we check it out? Send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meantime, behold a clip from my first-ever steam during our recent stay in Kwethluk:
Most families in the Lower Kuskokwim River village are still years away from flush toilets and running water, but steam houses can be found on nearly every corner. A big thanks to Frank Ashepak for showing us how its done.
I tapped out at about 220 to 230 degrees. Kids stuff, Ashepak said.
By KYLE HOPKINS
Anchorage Daily News