Outdoor kitchen

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Unlike the meat shelves at your local supermarket, with bits of lamb or beef wrapped in clear plastic, in East Greenland your fresh seal meat was butchered on the lawn. It was clean, and easily done using a traditional ulu or curved knife held in a fist grip. The ulu was also used to remove all the hair from the outside of the skin and on the inside to scrape away all the fat so that only pure skin remained. The fat can go rancid and stiff, meaning the skin will never be soft. It’s work that required skill and great patience. And it was vitally important work, because without the best skin clothes a hunter might not survive the winter storms and his waiting family could starve and die. Yes, life can be that dangerous. Old Juliette, with her back to the camera, overseas the work.

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