Cultural 'big deal': Seal oil makes menu at Alaska care home

In this Nov. 10, 2020, photo provided by the Maniilaq Association, Cyrus Harris, left, and Joanna Barton separate seal blubber strips from the rendered oil by using a cloth filtration process in Kotzebue, Alaska. In January 2021, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation approved seal oil to be served at the Maniilaq elder care home in Kotzebue, believed to be a first for seal oil in the U.S.


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