Sliced and prepared muktuk
Muktuk is the traditional Inuit/Eskimo and Chukchi meal of frozen whale skin and blubber.
A Bowhead Whale which is most often used in muktuk
Muktuk is most often made from the skin and blubber of the Bowhead Whale, although the beluga and the narwhal are also used. Usually eaten raw, it is occasionally finely diced, breaded, deep fried, and served with soy sauce. It is also sometimes pickled.
Elders sharing maktaaq, 2002
A group of people eating muktuk
Muktuk has been found to be a good source of vitamin C, the epidermis containing up to 38 mg per 100 grams (3.5 oz). Blubber is also a source of vitamin D.  Unfortunately, blubber also contains naturally-occurring PCBs, carcinogens that damage human nervous, immune and reproductive systems.
- Ikiilgin, Chukchi
- Maktaaq (ᒪᒃᑖᖅ), Siglitun, Kivalliq, Aivilik, North Baffin, East Baffin, South Baffin
- Maktak (ᒪᒃᑕᒃ), Inupiat, Siglitun, North Baffin
- Maktaq, Inuinnaqtun, Natsilingmiutut (Inuvialuktun)
- Mattak, Labrador, Greenland
- Mungtuk, Siberian Yupik
- Kimaq, Alutiiq/Sugpiaq
In some dialects, such as Inuinnaqtun, the word muktuk refers only to the edible parts of the whale's skin and not to the blubber.
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