Alaska Natives

St. Herman’s legacy as a defender of Alutiiq people, remembered

The August pilgrimage to Spruce Island, just off the coast of Kodiak, is a yearly event for Orthodox believers in Alaska and the world over. The ritual celebrates the canonization of St. Herman, a Russian missionary who arrived with the early fur traders and soon became a major part of Alutiiq history. Pilgrims make their way toward the Ss. Sergius …

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Alutiiq Museum acquires two new pieces from local artists

The Alutiiq Museum is the recipient of two new works of art by local artists, including a rattle which will be the first of its kind in the museum’s permanent collection.  Funds for the purchases came from a Rasmuson Foundation grant designed to support living, practicing Alaska artists. The first is a modern interpretation of a traditional puffin beak rattle …

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Alutiiq Ancestors Memorial park opening highlights struggle to repatriate ancestral remains

The Kodiak Alutiiq /Sugpiaq Repatriation Commission has been working for years to recover artifacts and human remains of the community’s ancestors. As part of that effort, a new park in downtown Kodiak is dedicated to ancestors uprooted from their homeland. More than a thousand metal salmon cutouts, each representing a repatriated Alutiiq ancestor, cover the inside of the archway at …

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Talk of the Rock: Alutiiq Museum Archaeological Surveys

Our guests this week are Patrick Saltonstall and Molly Odell from the Alutiiq Museum. They talk about archaeological surveys around Kodiak, primarily about looking for previously unknown sites. We also learn how the historic record can change as new sites and new information is learned. 2018 Dig Group. Crew begins excavations at the Qikr’tangcut (Little Island) site in 2018. (Photo …

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Subsistence Community Potluck Monday evening 6-9 p.m.

The Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak will host a community potluck Monday evening which features subsistence foods from the Kodiak area. It’s being held in conjunction with the Monday and Tuesday meeting of the Kodiak/Aleutians Subsistence Regional Advisory Council. — The Kodiak community will have a rare chance to taste and learn more about locally caught subsistence foods such as seal, …

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