Plagued by a patchwork of jurisdictions and layers of management, Alaska Natives are fed up with thwarted access to traditional foods. And on Wednesday, they rallied in Anchorage on the eve of the Alaska Federation of Natives convention.
The crowd, which braved the chilly 35-degree weather in Alaska's urban center, was itself a sea of political statements.
Gatherers carried signs reading "Subsistence is life" and "Muktuk power," a reference to a cut of whale skin and blubber. Other signs read "Got fish strips?" and "We are Alaska Native. We are Not Leaving" and "I am not a criminal." Organizers handed out T-shirts with the slogan "I am Alaska Native / Hunt * Fish * Share."