Museum of the Aleutians
From native “throwing sticks”—a sort of hunting catapult or atlatl—to a WWII sentry bunker, this collection captures the archipelago’s essence. Of special interest is a gut parka (kamleika) made from animal intestines. Though its fabric tore easily when dry, this parka was warm and flexible when damp, and thus prized among Aleut hunters and gatherers. Call ahead to confirm hours of operation: The museum is working to reopen after a late-2015 scandal, in which artifacts were discovered in the then-director’s home.
By Amanda Castleman, AFAR Local Expert
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314 Salmon Way, Unalaska, AK 99692, USA