Viktor Posnov spent a month backpacking across Umnak Island to document the harsh beauty and remoteness of the landscape.
An apprenticeship teaches young people how to build an iqyax̂, the traditional kayak used by Unangan people of the Aleutian Islands.
For author Donna Dewhurst and hundreds of others still alive today, Amchitka holds a personal story that bonds them.
After seeing the Aleutians while serving there as an Army officer during World War II, Robert Jones knew he wanted to return and protect the area’s rich wildlife. In 1949, Jones became the first manager of what is now the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. A famously tenacious champion of wildlife rehabilitation efforts, he became known as “Sea Otter” Jones for his efforts to save sea otters and other species in the Aleutians. Jones spearheaded the effort to remove invasive foxes that were decimating wildlife in the Aleutians and is often credited for the recovery of the Aleutian cackling goose, a bird once thought extinct that was removed from the endangered species list in 2001.
Former Alaska Writer Laureate Nancy Lord takes us along for her week visiting Adak Island on the Aleutian chain.
Don’t blink or you’ll miss it
THE HARSH ENVIRONMENT of the cold, windswept Aleutians keeps little foliage other than grasses from growing on the island of Adak, which is home to the westernmost city in the United States.
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