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Alutiiq Culture and History (Sugpiaq, Chugach)

As a complement to our Alutiiq language information, here is our collection of indexed links about the Alutiiq tribe and their society.

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Please note that Alutiiqs and other Native Alaskans are living people with a present and a future as well as a past. Alutiiq history is interesting and important, but the Alutiiq people are still here today, too, and we try to feature modern writers as well as traditional folklore, contemporary art as well as museum pieces, and issues and struggles of today as well as the tragedies of yesterday. Suggestions for new links are always welcome.

Our Alutiiq Websites

Alutiiq Language:
    Information and language learning materials from the Alutiiq language.
Alutiiq Facts for Kids:
    Questions and answers about Alutiiq culture.
Alutiiq Stories:
    Collection of Alutiiq myths and legends.

Alutiiq Tribal and Community Websites

Chugachmiut Tribal Consortium * Bristol Bay Native Association:
    Regional coalitions of Alaska Native peoples including the Alutiiq.
Chugach Heritage Foundation:
    Alaska state nonprofit organization working to promote Aleut, Yup'ik, and Alutiiq Native culture.
Afognak Native Village:
    Homepage of one of the Alutiiq villages of Alaska.
Chugach Government LLC * Afognak Native Corporation * Alutiiq International Solutions:
    Chugach Alaska Corporation:
    Homepages of tribal corporations serving the Alutiiq people.
Alutiiq Museum:
    Native-run museum on Kodiak Island dedicated to Alutiiq history and archaeology.

Books for sale on the Alutiiq Tribe
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Looking Both Ways: Heritage & Identity of the Alutiiq People:
    Excellent book on Alutiiq history and culture.
Birth and Rebirth on an Alaskan Island: The Life of an Alutiiq Healer:
    Biography of an Alutiiq woman.
Making History: Alutiiq/Sugpiaq Life on the Alaska Peninsula:
    History of the Alutiiq people.
Kal'unek: From Karluk:
    Interesting book about the archaeology of a prehistoric Alutiiq village site in Alaska.
Alutiiq Plant Lore: An Ethnobotany:
    Book about the traditional use of plants in the Alutiiq tribe.
Native American Indian Book List:
    Evolving list of books about Alutiiqs and Native Americans in general.

Maps of Alutiiq Lands

Indigenous Peoples and Languages of Alaska:
    Map showing the locations of the Alutiiq and other Alaska Native tribes.
Alutiiq or Sugpiaq People of Alaska:
    Map of the Alutiiq Native villages of the Kodiak Archipelago.

Alutiiq Lifestyle and Tradition

What Does It Mean To Be Alutiiq?:
    Online museum exhibit about the history, art and culture of the Alutiiq people.
Native Heritage: Unangax and Alutiiq:
    Information about Aleut and Alutiiq traditional lifestyle.
Alutiiq Clothes * The Alaska Native Gut Parka * Alutiiq Hat:
    Pictures and descriptions of traditional Alutiiq clothing styles.
Like A Face * Native community reclaims history of Alutiiq masks:
    Articles about the Alutiiq mask-carving tradition.
Tattooing and Piercing Among the Alaskan Aleut:
    Article on the tattoo traditions of the Aleut and Alutiiq people, with pictures.
Kodiak Alutiiq Dancers: * Gathering of Nations Festival:
    Videos of Alutiiq dancers performing at Native Alaskan cultural events.
Alutiiq Cultural Objects:
    Museum exhibit with photographs of Alutiiq clothing, carvings, and other artifacts.
Afognak Native Village Flag:
    Alutiiq tribal flags.

Alutiiq History

Our History - Culiracirpet:
    Articles about Alutiiq history in precolonial times, under Russian and American occupation, and today.
The Unangan, the Sugpiaq, and Russian Conquest:
    History of the near-destruction of the Alutiiq people by Russian fur-traders.
Saint Peter the Aleut * Is the St. Peter the Aleut story true? * Martyr Peter the Aleut:
    Websites about the Orthodox saint Peter the Aleut. (Despite his confusing name, he was actually an Alutiiq!)

Aleut Politics, Issues, and News

Colonization's Dark History:
    Article about the struggle of the Alutiiq and other tribes to recover their ancestors' bodies from museums.
New Kodiak park dedicated to Alutiiq uprooted from their homeland:
    Dedication of the Alutiiq Ancestors’ Memorial on Kodiak Island to honor past generations of indigenous people.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

Alutiiq People:
Encyclopedia articles on the Alutiiqs.
Los Alutiiq:
Information about the Alutiiq tribe in Spanish.
Alutiiq Nation:
Alutiiq links.

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