Saturday, January 2, 2010

Aleuts or Unangan original inhabitants of the Aleutian Islands

After reading the book Aleutian Sparrow by Karen Hesse, I decided to showcase a moment in history about the Aleuts of Alaska for Native American Heritage Month. If you are not familiar with the story, the gist of it all is, that the US Government sent the Aleuts of Alaska to internment camps during WWII.

Our Activity for Native American Heritage Month was a "bulletless" Power Point about the Aleuts during WWII. We had a display of Inuit Artwork (I could not find a wall calendar of Aleut Artwork).

We had a Tasting of Smoked Salmon Appetizer, (yes this was an expensive one). We chose Smoked Salmon because the Aleuts were highly skilled at attaining their food from the land and sea, such as sea lions, seals, otter, salmon, birds and such. The cost of this tasting was 50 cents per student. We had 6 whole classes to come in for the tasting, around 130 students over a two day period. Each student was able to have two appetizers each. A lot of our students had never tasted smoked salmon before. Our outdoorsy types seemed to love the smoked salmon.

Things I Learned
*A Smoked Salmon Fillet (1.5 lbs) will make over 200 small appetizer. I over bought.
*You must make the appetizers no more than an hour before serving. Crackers will get soggy.
*Need to bring lemon juice to wash hands. Hands smelled like fish all day long.