Amau's Fish Camp – Preserved!

Written by
AlexAnna Salmon
06 May 2020

Land is the gift of our ancestors and the guarantee of our right to continue our subsistence lifestyle. Land is the heart of our culture. Without the land, we are nothing” – Harvey Samuelson, late Bristol Bay leader

By AlexAnna Samon, IVC President, April 2, 2020

The Village of Igiugig is a small, self-sufficient community with strong cultural and environmental values. As a community, we strive for a prosperous future by creating a sustainable social and economic future that is compatible with our subsistence way of life. In November 2019, Igiugig Village Council launched a campaign to purchase a 160-acre Native Allotment before it was sold to outside interests. The land holds special significance to the Igyararmiut (people of Igiugig) because it is the oldest continually used salmon fish camp on the upper Kvichak River and was established by Mrs. Dolly Gust, also lovingly called “Amau” (Great-grandmother in Yup’ik) by her many descendants in the Lake Iliamna region. We are ecstatic to announce that with your help and contribution, we have successfully raised all the funding needed to secure the property. Future plans include rebuilding the fish camp for youth to use as a Yup’ik language immersion camp. The educational site will be used to teach subsistence and cultural values which were developed by our ancestors living in reciprocity with this land over millennia. Future plans also include continuing to work with our partners at Caltech University and University of Alaska, Anchorage to build a Northern Wind Energy Field Lab to test wind power at the site, while protecting the riverfront property for its critical cultural site and salmon habitat. This project was supported, in part, by a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation through its special projects funding to the Igiugig Village Council. The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation fosters path-breaking scientific discovery, environmental conservation, patient care improvements and preservation of the special character of the Bay Area. Visit and follow @MooreFound for more information.

Following is a list of other contributors:

Tim Troll
Lex Jardine
Tate Gooden
Kjersti Bowen
Mark Niver
Hayden Millett
Linda Branham – Royal Wolf
Lodge, Big Ku Lodge Owner
Randolph Alvarez
Andrew Crow
Martha Crow
Christina Salmon-Bringhurst
Wellspring Group
Joe Harris
E. Chavez
Krysta Watters
Sandy Alvarez
Halay Turning Heart
Michael Uehara
Peter Hauschka
Malinda Chase
April Hostetter
Kirk Johnson
AlexAnna Salmon
Caelie Butler
Arran Forbes
Charlie Seidl

In addition to donating money, many contributors offered praise for our community and way of life. Your contribution to our shared vision and goal is immensely appreciated. Quyana to the allotment owner and everyone that made this effort possible. It was from Amau herself that I learned the word Quyanaqvaa, “My how thankful!”

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