Alexander Akeya, 82, and Lydia Akeya, 77, both Siberian Yup’ik and native Savoonga residents, were married in 1951. They have lived in the village their entire lives, and rely on subsistence foods. “That’s how we live, we live off of sea-food [she is referring to walrus, whale and seal in addition to halibut and salmon],” said Lydia. “If they spill oil it will be no good for our hunting and fishing. We eat food from the store but it’s too expensive. Mostly we eat eskimo food.” With them is their three-year-old grandson Shane Miles Akeya. Savoonga, Alaska, Monday, April 25, 2011. (image by Loren Holmes)
Alexander Akeya, 82, and Lydia Akeya, 77, both Siberian Yup’ik and native Savoonga residents, were married in 1951. They have lived in the village their entire lives, and rely on subsistence foods. “That’s how we live, we live off of sea-food [she is referring to walrus, whale and seal in addition to halibut and salmon],” said Lydia. “If they spill oil it will be no good for our hunting and fishing. We eat food from the store but it’s too expensive. Mostly we eat eskimo food.” With them is their three-year-old grandson Shane Miles Akeya. Savoonga, Alaska, Monday, April 25, 2011.
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