Weaving and fermentation are called folk skills these days, as though from a bygone era. As though, in their dissolving into industrial manufacturing they’ve disappeared entirely, instead of only retreated from sight, outsourced and specialized. Yet while they may seem distant, fermentation and weaving are parts of everyday life. Many drink coffee, beer and wine, use vinegar and soy sauce, and eat cheese, chocolate, and salami, all products of fermentation, as well as have woven clothing, curtains, and rugs. We are just disconnected from their source.
Alaska has a reputation for attracting and fostering independent types: dreamers, free-thinkers and do-it-yourself-ers. Homer, the little hamlet where this frontier spirit converges with entrepreneurial artists, combines this creativity with its abundant natural resources; ideals can easily take hold in minds and hearts. Exactly that is happening with Homer Ubuntu: a grassroots community group that has recently formed.