Monthly Archives: July 2016

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Chugach /ˈɡæ/, Chugach Sugpiaq or Chugachigmiut is the name of an Alaska Native people in the region of the Kenai Peninsula and Prince William Sound on the southern coast of Alaska. The Chugach people are an Alutiiq (Pacific Eskimo) people who speak the Chugach dialect of the Alutiiq language.

Chugach man wearing spruce root hat, beads, earrings, nose piercing, woven cloak; Prince William Sound, Alaska. Engraving c. 1778
Chugach man wearing spruce root hat, beads, earrings, nose piercing, woven cloak; Prince William Sound, Alaska. Engraving c. 1778.

Nuuciq Spirit Camp ⏤ On the shores of Nuchek Island, approximately 20 minutes by air from Cordova, Alaska within the Prince William Sound, children and elders of the Chugach people spend time together to relive their heritage. The camp is designed to raise awareness of the origin and history of the people in the Prince William Sound and to heighten awareness of their history and culture. Activities include gathering and preparing subsistence foods, language lessons, woodcarving, beading, traditional singing and dancing. Storytelling with Elders provides important lessons in culture, history and learning the values of the Chugach community. ⏤published by Chugach Alaska Corporation, June 21, 2016.

The following Chugach Alaska Corporation video presentation of the annual summer Nuuciq Spirit Camp offers a glimpse into the past culture of the Chugach people.

To my wife, children and grandchildren, be proud of your heritage ⏤ something that belongs to you by reason of your birth.