Dr. Rachel Mason presents 'Return to the Lost Villages of the Aleutians'

2010-12-16 by

During World War II, the Unangan residents of the Aleutian Islands were taken by boat to internment camps in Southeast Alaska. When they returned after the war, the residents of the smallest villages—Kashega, Biorka and Makushin—were not permitted to return home. Instead they were resettled in larger communities.

Residents of Attu were captured by the Japanese and interned in Japan for the remainder of the war.

This presentation reports on boat trips with elderly former residents and their descendants to revisit Makushin in September 2009, and Kashega and Biorka in September 2010.

Dr. Mason will also tell of plans to revisit Attu. Lost Villages of the Aleutians is a project of the National Park Service in partnership with other agencies, including the Ounalashka Corporation and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Dr. Mason is a cultural anthropologist with the Alaska Regional Office, National Park Service.

This podcast was recorded on Nov. 19, 2010 at the UAA Campus Bookstore.

Download MP3 (46:34min, 43MB)

For More Information:

Dutch Harbor Fisherman
News account of the 'Lost Villages' NPS project
Newsletter for Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Inc (PDF)
Account of 'Lost Villages' work