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Afognak

Afognak

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Afognak

 

(uh-FOG-nack); also see Port Lions


Afognak is an unpopulated community, a seasonal-use area, or its population has not been determined.
Consequently, there is no "complete" Community Profile.
The information below provides a brief overview of the community.


 

Community Overview

This traditional Alutiiq (Russian-Aleut) village was located on Afognak Bay, on the southwest coast of Afognak Island, north of Kodiak Island. The Kodiak Archipelago is warmed by the Japanese current. The climate is similar to Southeast Alaska, with less precipitation. January temperatures range from 14 to 46 °F. July temperatures vary from 39 to 76 °F. Average annual rainfall is 74 inches.

The village name was derived from Afognak Island and was first reported in 1839 by Sub-Lt. Mikhail Murashev. The Census of 1890 noted a series of settlements along the beach, including Rutkovsky village, where a group of retired employees of the Russian American Company lived. A post office was maintained intermittently from 1888 to 1958. The Good Friday Earthquake of 1964 generated a tsunami that destroyed the village. A new community was constructed on the northeast coast of Kodiak Island, called Port Lions, and the residents of Afognak moved there permanently in December 1964. There are a few small logging camps and fishing lodges on Afognak Island. A community of Russian Old Believers have also settled on the island at Aleneva.

The economy is based on subsistence and logging activities. Transportation is provided by float plane from Kodiak. Float plane access is found in various areas around the island.

 

Contact Information

Original Settlement - federally recognized tribe - Native Village of Afognak
115 Mill Bay Road, Suite 201
Kodiak, AK 99615
Phone 907-486-6357
Fax 907-486-6529
E-mail
 tribe@afognak.org
Web http://www.afognak.org/

Regional Organizations

Borough - Kodiak Island Borough
710 Mill Bay Road
Kodiak, AK 99615
Phone 907-486-9310
Fax 907-486-9374
E-mail 
njavier@kodiakak.us
Web http://www.kodiakak.us/

Regional Native Corporation - Koniag, Incorporated 
4300 B. Street, Suite 407
Anchorage, AK 99503
Phone 907-561-2668
Fax 907-562-5258
E-mail 
wanderson@koniag.com
Web http://www.koniag.com

 




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