We’re approaching the shortest day of the year with the winter solstice on December 21. And if you live near or above the Arctic Circle, even your days are dark, or at least brief, as the sun makes a feeble appearance above the horizon. Could you spend a winter here? Would the nighttime stars and dancing aurora be enough to stave off seasonal depression? What about storing enough food to subsist on through the long winter months? Especially if you live in the bush and can’t count on a supermarket? Could you live off the land? How do you prepare? And how do you get consumer goods when there are no malls down the road? Annie Van Dinther has lived in Homer, Alaska for more than two decades, and she knows how to weather a northern winter. While Homer is not actually in the Arctic, living here poses the same sorts of challenges that Arctic dwellers face whether they reside along Canada’s Hudson Bay or at the top of Scandinavia or in far-flung Siberia. Join Annie for a fascinating look at what it takes to embrace an Arctic way of life.
Originally presented December 10, 2020
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