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Way Back in Kodiak

Saints, sinners, fishermen, fox farmers, bars, banyas, eruptions and earthquakes- Kodiak’s history is full of eccentric characters and fascinating events. Way Back in Kodiak brings Kodiak’s history to the air. First-hand accounts, interviews with scholars and elders, and intriguing analysis illuminate unexplored aspects of Kodiak’s history. Way Back in Kodiak is a monthly radio show, written and produced by historian Anjuli Grantham, Curator of Collections and Exhibits at the Baranov Museum.

Way Back in Kodiak - Community Archaeology PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 September 2014

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Staff and volunteers from the Alutiiq Museum excavated near Kashevaroff Mountain this summer. Learn about the community archaeology program and what they uncovered in this episode.

Way Back in Kodiak - Prospecting for Halibut PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 June 2014

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In 1911 and 1912, W.J. Erskine set out to answer and important, and potentially lucrative, question: Did Kodiak have enough halibut to support a fishery? One volcanic eruption, one dead engineer, and over 100,000 lbs. of halibut later, Erskine had an answer. But how was the halibut to reach San Francisco consumers? And could they be enticed to eat frozen fish? This episode outlines the remarkable efforts of a local businessman to pioneer a new fishery.

Way Back in Kodiak - In the Week After PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2014

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Tsunamis had just washed downtown Kodiak out to sea. Earthquakes continued to rock the island. Survivors scrambled to find missing loved ones, reconnect Kodiak's power, and determine if they wanted to stay in their demolished community or be evacuated to Seattle via Navy plane. This episode examines what happened in the week following the Great Alaska Earthquake in Kodiak, weaving interviews with survivors with readings from the Emergency Bulletins that were published each day following the disaster.

Way Back in Kodiak - Corked at Karluk PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 January 2014

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In 1943, Karluk villagers were transferred thousands of acres of land and water to create the only Indian reservation in Kodiak's history. In this episode, discover how a US Supreme Court case, local canners, village fishermen, and federal agencies responded to the creation of the controversial Karluk Reservation.

Way Back in Kodiak - Canned at Karluk PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 November 2013

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This episode follows the journey of a Karluk salmon can. It begins with the earliest Karluk fishermen, the Alutiiq people, and traces the development of the Karluk salmon fishery through the establishment of the Alaska Packers Association in 1893. Along the way, you will learn about the Chinese cannery workers who made the can, the San Francisco-based beach seiners who caught the fish, and you will hear the impressions of one gentleman who worked at Karluk in 1890.