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What's Going On This Week With The Lost Villages Project? Here's The Rundown.

KUCB Staff

Over the last 10 years, the Lost Villages Project has helped Unangax̂ people to reconnect with the communities of Makushin, Kashega, Biorka, and Attu — none of which were resettled after the evacuation and Aleutian campaign of World War II.

Now, the project is being commemorated with a film premiere, a museum exhibit, and a reunion trip.

Seventeen people who participated in the Lost Villages Project are gathering in Unalaska for the events, which start Thursday, June 13 with a screening of KUCB's new documentary, "Tanadgusim Adan Chiilulix: Revisiting the Lost Villages of the Aleutian Islands."

All community members are invited to the free premiere — and the same goes for a storytelling session and exhibition opening on Friday, June 14.

The storytelling session will feature Unangax̂ evacuees and descendants of the lost villages. Meanwhile, the Museum of the Aleutians' new exhibit — "Chiilulix: The Long Journey Home" — will include photographs and items from the communities and their residents.

Please join us as we remember Makushin, Kashega, Biorka, and Attu — and learn from the people of these villages. Here's the schedule of events.

Thursday, June 13 at 6 p.m. — Premiere of KUCB's documentary, "Tanadgusim Adan Chiilulix: Revisiting the Lost Villages of the Aleutian Islands." The free event starts with a reception at the Grand Aleutian Hotel's Shishaldin Room, followed by the film screening.

Friday, June 14 at 2 p.m. — Storytelling luncheon featuring Unangax̂ evacuees and descendants who participated in the Lost Villages Project. Organized by the National Park Service and KUCB, the free event runs from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Father Ishmail Gromoff Senior Center.

Friday, June 14 at 6 p.m. — Opening of the Museum of the Aleutians' exhibition, "Chiilulix: The Long Journey Home." The free event starts at 6 p.m. for museum and KUCB members, with an exhibit preview and a potluck of traditional Unangax̂ foods. The show will open to the wider public at 6:30 p.m.

KUCB's project is supported in part by a grant from the Alaska Humanities Forum and the National Endowment for the Humanities, a federal agency. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Laura Kraegel reported for KUCB from 2016 until 2020. She was KUCB's news director starting in 2019. We are proud to have her back in the spring of 2023 filling in as an interim reporter for KUCB.
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