These are those stories, stretching from Kupreanof Straight to Karluk, weaving in and out of Viekoda, Uganik, and Uyak Bays, stopping at fish camps, lodges, and canneries along the way. It’s history. It’s hyperbole. It’s Kodiak’s West Side Stories.
West Side Stories was only possible due to the plane rides, boat rides, meals, lodging, time, knowledge and generosity of west side folks, volunteers, and donors. It was our honor to bear witness to the experiences and stories that were shared with us.
Special thanks go to our sponsors and partners: Alaska Historical Society’s Alaska Historic Canneries Initiative, Alaska Humanities Forum, Alaska State Council On the Arts, Kodiak Maritime Museum, Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, Kodiak Public Broadcasting, Prince William Sound Regional Citizens Advisory Council, and The Salmon Project.
Twenty oral histories were given to our project by set netters, bear guides, fishermen and women, cannery workers and west side residents. The transcripts of all the oral histories are available here.
Over 2,000 photographs were taken during the West Side Stories project, documenting this unique landscape, places and people. You can view a selection of those photographs here.
The oral histories were edited to produce short radio programs which aired on KMXT 100.1 FM during the summer of 2015. Those short programs were then used with the photographs from the project, archival photographs from the Kodiak Historical Society Archives and donated photographs to create 18 short videos. You can watch them all here.