Arctic culinary scholar Zona Spray Starks explains the diverse range culinary techniques of the Iñupiat people of Alaska, and how the seasonal food landscape shaped family relations. While doing so, she shares the story of her later-in-life return to Alaska and the connections she's built there. 

"Frozen is a way of altering food and cooking is a way of altering food, but freezing does the same thing. …And in fact the taste is very different when the meat is almost thawed, it's still a little bit Frozen, but it's almost thawed."


Ox Tales is produced by Anna Sigrithur, edited by Naomi Duguid and Fiona Sinclair and mixed by Thomas Krause.

Music in this episode was by Ava Glendinning, Uuriter and Hit of the Week Orchestra. 

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