The Aleut region is part of the Ring of Fire, stretching over a thousand miles into the Bering Sea and the Pacific Ocean. The Aleutians are the birthplace of some of the wildest storms known to man with fierce winds and high waves continually challenging those who live, work, and travel in the region. Coastlines are often rugged with steep cliffs and narrow, rocky beaches typically lining the islands. Though small in landmass, the islands’ treacherous shores nevertheless include about one-third of Alaska’s coastline. Bears, birds, foxes, and caribou make this unforgettable land their home. And in Sand Point, buffalo are a common sight.
Today, the region’s pretty villages are shrinking in population as residents migrate out of the region in search of jobs, education, and opportunity. Despite this challenge, the resiliency and adaptability of the people and their connection to the community remain. Sharing is a part of the Aleut indigenous value system and the people strive to maintain that value within the modern world and see it extended to Aleuts now living across the globe.
For more information about The Aleut Corporation, visit the region’s website.