Urban Unangax̂ Culture Camp
Urban Unangax̂ Culture Camp is typically held the 3rd week of June at the Unangam Ulaa (the Home of the Aleuts), APIA’s central headquarters in Anchorage. The camp provides an opportunity for people of all ages to learn about the Aleut culture through hands-on cultural activities and fellowship with the Aleut community. Traditional Aleut practices are integrated to fit into our urban lifestyle, culturally enriching the lives of those who participate.
The free one-of-a-kind camp is open to community members residing in the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Region, the Greater Anchorage area, and the Continental US, and internationally. However, participants are primarily of Unangax̂ or Aleut descent. If too many applications are received, we must give priority to tribal members who are enrolled in one of the thirteen tribes served by APIA.
THANK YOU ALSO TO OUR WONDERFUL 2022 CAMP INSTRUCTORS, VOLUNTEERS, AND INTERNS:
Moses Dirks, Traditional Foods
Robert Golley, Traditional Foods
Dailey Schaack, Traditional Foods
Doll Kochuten, Traditional Foods
Ernest Stepetin, Traditional Foods
Frieda McCord, Traditional Foods
Patricia Lekanoff-Gregory, Bentwood Visors
Lydia Vincler, Drums
Teresa Smith, Model Iqyan/Iqyas
Tina Gauen, Basket Weaving
Daniel Shellikoff, Carving
Danielle Larsen, Jewelry, Painting and Children’s Art
Nikkita Shellikoff, Glass Ball Beading
Candace Nielsen, Traditional Foods
Chyonne Buterin, Dance
Jamie Stepetin, Dance and Camp Assistant
Mike Witsoe, Drum Assistant
Mia Vincler, Camp Apprentice
Nancy Zaochney, Camp Apprentice
David Gregory, Volunteer
Isabella Iparraguirre, Camp Assistant
Richard Griesbaum, Camp Assistant
Lynnette Mack, Volunteer
Please click on the names below for information about our current and past mentors.
Classes that have been available over the years include (all are not offered every year):
Bentwood Visor construction
Unangam tunuu (the Aleut language)
Gut and fur sewing
Full-size iqyax (kayak) construction
Wood and Antler Carving
Model iqyax construction (3 ft)
Glass ball beading
Native Youth Olympics practice
Hasxux̂ (spear thrower) practice
- Youth, ages 11-17, attend daily from 9 am to 5pm. Youth choose 3-5 activities and spend 2 -3 hours daily on each activity so that they can complete at least one art object during the week-long camp.
- Children, ages 0 to 10, attend daily from 9 am to 12 pm. Children rotate hourly between traditional foods, language, dance, and culturally relevant crafts/storytelling. Elders also spend time with children daily to share traditional stories, history, and family genealogy.
- Adults attend daily from 6pm to 9 pm. Adults, 18 an older, may choose from a variety of art and cultural activities. Some adults attend during the daytime as well to participate in activities such as dance, language and traditional foods.
- Elder guests may attend anytime throughout the day.
For questions about APIA’s Urban Unangax̂ Culture Camp, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you choose to submit a paper application please email, fax or deliver completed paper application to:
APIA-Urban Unangax̂ Culture Camp
1131 E. International Airport Rd.
Anchorage, AK 99518-1408
(907) 276-2700 phone / (907) 279-4351 fax.