1964 Earthquake Exhibit

 The Community

 

Community Chapter Pull Quote

“There was no wealth in the community. We were entirely dependent on salmon fishing at the time.”

 

 Text to link Roy Madsen audio file (RoyMadsen-05)

 

Community Chapter Narrative

 

Kodiak is a hard-working fishing town in the Gulf of Alaska on the northeastern edge of Kodiak Island. From this remote location, island residents harvest and process millions of pounds of fish annually, making Kodiak for decades now one of the top three fishing ports in the nation.

Like most major fishing ports, Kodiak is a multi-ethnic community. The first people of Kodiak paddled skin boats from the East and landed on Kodiak 10,000 years ago. Known as the Alutiit, they remained the island’s sole inhabitants until the late 1700s when Russian fur hunters in pursuit of the luxurious sea otter pelt, reached Kodiak. Finding a large otter population in the region and the Alutiiq people skilled at harvesting them, the Russians overpowered local resistance and established their Russian-Alaska fur trading empire at St. Paul Harbor, Kodiak.

When Russia sold its Alaska holdings to the U.S. in 1867, the global fur market was waning and the Kodiak e