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Living Off The Land -- And Sea -- in Kotzebue (video)

By Rebecca Palsha
Channel 2 News
4:32 p.m. AKST, November 21, 2012

Saima Chase slid onto the ice at Kotzebue Sound, her arms loaded down with two five-gallon drum buckets filled with an ax and pick.

“When were these holes last opened?” Chase asked her cousin Juanita Henry, who sat quietly in the sun, ice fishing with about 20 frozen tom cod in front of her.

“Last night,” Henry told Chase as she flung another fish off her line. It quickly froze in temperatures that hovered around 20 degrees.

Chase, and many people here in Kotzebue, hunt and fish to feed their families. Chase says if she.... (video),0,6469619.story