Kiviak facts for kids
|Region or state||Greenland|
|Main ingredients||Little auk|
Up to 500 whole auks are packed into the seal skin, beaks and feathers included. As much air as possible is removed from the seal skin before it is sewn up and sealed with seal fat, which repels flies. It is then hidden in a heap of stones, with a large rock placed on top to keep the air out. Over the course of three months, the birds ferment, and are then eaten during the arctic winter, particularly on birthdays and weddings.
The process was featured in the third episode of BBC's Human Planet in 2011.
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