We hunt seal by boat in the spring, summer, and fall. While the (Yukon) river is frozen, from the end of winter into the first part of spring, the men will throw a boat on a sled and go to the ocean ice edge and hunt seal. We hunt ring, spotted, and bearded seals.
We eat seal dried, boiled, fried, baked, and in soup. We also render seal oil from the fat and use it on just about anything. In the past it was used for seal oil lamps and cooking. It has a very intense smell.
Yesterday one of the elders asked how my toddler was doing. I replied that she had an earache. The elder told me that I should pour a little bit of seal oil in her ear.