June 6 2016
This is fish radio. I’m Stephanie Mangini. From Kupreanof to Karluk, experience 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…”
Anjuli Grantham is the creator of The Westside Stories Project. It is a collection of twenty stories from over forty fish sites on Kodiak Island. From Kupreanof to Karluk, Grantham focused on Viekoda, Uganik, and Uyak Bay, visiting canneries, set net sites, and lodges to hear these stories. She has brought the stories to life in new exhibit.
“For me it was personal interest. The whole reason this project started is because Of an article I wrote that was in the Alaska Dispatch this winter. It was about my family’s connection to the West side. And a lot of people contacted me after the article; sharing stories about their connection to my family or their connection to Uganik and set netting.”
The project is now on display at the Baranov Museum in Kodiak.
When you walk into the room a small kitchenette sits along the wall and a wood stove is in the corner. There is also a little bunk to sit on, along with pictures and quotes from the oral histories .Grantham says the exhibit is a recreation of a fish camp.
“We created an immersive environment in one of the rooms at the Baranov Museum. So people that are familiar with fish camp will walk into a space that they know very well, and visitors from off island who don’t have the opportunity to go to a set net site or bush home will get a sense of what it like to spend time in a cabin.”
On the Baranov Museum YouTube channel BarMuse you can listen to the stories along with the photos by Grantham and Peterson.
“People will be able to listen to the stories and see a lot of incredible photos from last summer, but also from the last sixty years of fishing on the Westside.”
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“Hopefully people will be transported to the Westside in a way, and will gain a great appreciation for the lifestyle of commercial fisherman and their families. And also learn about the hard work and the passion for fishing that people connected to the Westside share.”
Fish Radio is also brought to you by Ocean Beauty Seafoods – who salutes and says thanks to the men and women fishing across Alaska for their hard work and dedication. (www.oceanbeauty.com) In Kodiak, I’m Stephanie Mangini.