Urban Unangax̂ Culture Camp 2019

The Urban Unangax̂ (Aleut) Culture Camp will be held June 17 – 21 this summer at APIA’s central headquarters in Anchorage.  This year marks the 12th year of the camp; a major milestone!  The free one-of-a-kind camp is open to community members of all ages residing in the Greater Anchorage area and Alaska, however, participants are primarily of Unangax̂ or Aleut descent.

Camp participant information:

  • Youth, ages 11-18, attend daily from 9 am to 5pm. Youth choose 4 activities (listed below) 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 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.

Classes Provided: 

  • Carving: Daniel Shellikoff
  • Jewelry making: Danielle Larsen
  • Traditional Foods: Josy & Tim Shangin
  • Visors: O. Patricia Lekanoff-Gregory
  • Drums: M. Lydia Vincler
  • Dance: Haliehana Stepetin (daytime)
  • Headdress/ Regalia: Chyonne Buterin
  • Basket Weaving: Agnes Thompson
  • Basket Weaving: Sharon Kay
  • Unangam Tunuu: Language Interns (daytime)
  • Model Iqyan/s (Kayaks): Teresa Smith
  • Glass Ball Beading: Nikkita Shellikoff (adults)
  • Halibut Hooks: Moses Dirks (daytime)

Aleut Picnic:

Saturday, June 22nd at 12:00 pm at The Aleut Plaza on 4000 Old Seward Hwy. 

Please note culture camp will only be held Monday—Friday this year.  There are no classes on Sunday or Saturday!  Also, transportation WILL NOT be provided to the Aleut Picnic as in the past.  However, everyone is still welcome to attend the Aleut Picnic! Please bring a dish!

Please apply through the appropriate application! Application can either be printed, singed and sent in or you can use the online application now available! Just follow the link.

Applications are due on (or before) May 31st!

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.

YOUTH APPLICATION online Printable PDF Youth APplication