November 23, 2015
This is fish radio. I’m Stephanie Mangini.  From Kupreanof to Karluk. Hear Kodiak’s Westside Stories after this…
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“Where does it begin and where does it end? Geographically we can articulate it, but each person has a distinct starting point. It was the Beaver on which they flew to the east arm of Uganik for the first time. It was their earliest memories of stomping on jelly fish. It was the place of their birth and a birth of their ancestors. Although each person has their own Westside origin story, there is a real beginning to it all…”  
The Westside Stories project is a collection of twenty stories from over forty fish sites on Kodiak Island. From Kupreanof to Karluk, Anjuli Grantham focused on Viekoda, Uganik, and Uyak Bay, visiting canneries, set net sites and lodges to hear their stories. Grantham is the curator of collections at the Baranov Museum in Kodiak.
“For me it was personal interest.  The whole reason this project started is because Of an article I wrote, that was in the Dispatch this winter. It was about my family’s connection to the west side.  And a lot of people contacted me, sharing stories about their connection to my family or their connection to Uganik and set netting.”
The oral histories, along with the onsite pictures, captured by local photographer Brianna Peterson preserve the people and the culture of the region.
“She does this really beautiful documentary story telling with her photography. And then the oral histories are really focused on people’s experiences on the West side.”
From how they started, to what brought them to Kodiak, and how they became part of the unique side of the Island. Grantham captures it all and more.
“It’s all about changes that have taken place in the bays over the years; major events that have transpired, like Exxon Valdez or limited entry. I think it is similar just because it’s another oral history project that has to do with fishing, but beyond that it is unique and different on its own.”   
 Westside Stories is being shared on many outlets from public radio, social media, and a museum exhibit in the spring of 2016. Follow the Westside Stories on Facebook or find links at our website
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