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Kake Family Stays Connected Through Subsistence Gathering Picking berries or harvesting fish is considered family time for the Molers. Kim and Darrel Moler of Kake, Alaska, are raising their children to rely on the land while respecting it. Kim’s parents taught her the importance of culture and food. “From a young age my parents started me and my siblings doing small things like scraping the backbone of salmon or picking berries,” said Kim Moler. “They found easy things to introduce us to, providing and putting up our own subsistence food.”
Kim says growing up their favorite subsistence food was always smoked fish. “My mom would make her little bags of smoked salmon and have it in a container on the kitchen counter,” said Moler. “That was our snack food.”
Moler recalls lessons from her parents which included the importance of culture, food and lifestyles. “They also stressed to be giving and sharing with people who cannot go out and gather, because it will come back to you in ten-fold.” Moler is now passing down this important lesson to her three children. She says their strong connection to family and the land will continue to be a way of life. Enjoying the Bounty of the Land View video below to hear Kim Moler talk about how much her children enjoy subsistence foods.