Arts & Culture

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Arts Council Crowns An Art Aficionado

Jun 12, 2020

Last November, the Aleutian Arts Council AAC decided to hold an art scavenger hunt in Unalaska/ Dutch Harbor. In the spirit of typical AAC events, the hunt focused on supporting local art and artists in the community. The contest was open to everyone to participate and tried to catch the interests of both adults and children. It included a variety of prize giveaways and recognition of anyone could successfully completed all of the tasks.

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Global protests continue as communities rally against the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and countless other black Americans before him. 

On May 25, Floyd was killed by a white police officer who knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes while he was handcuffed face down in the street. 

Hundreds of Alaskans turned out around the state in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. In Unalaska, over 100 community members gathered downtown last week to show support. 


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In past years, on the final day of school, teachers and staff at Unalaska City School and Eagle's View Elementary Achigaalux would come dressed in their finest summer-vacation-themed attire as they'd bid farewell to their students with high-fives, hugs, and warm wishes of a relaxing and productive summer.


However, as is the case for many events this spring, the occasion looked starkly different from years past.

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The Memorial Day remembrance service in Unalaska this year wasn't quite what it had been in the past. While the early spring weather was characteristically unpredictable, attendees stood apart from one another, donned masks, or watched from their vehicles as Mayor Vince Tutiakoff Sr. addressed the community and recognized the sacrifices made by military veterans, current service members, interned Unangax̂, and fishermen lost at sea.


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The sun still sits high on the horizon in Unalaska, even though it's late afternoon. A group of community members begin trickling in around the riverbank in the Valley—kitchen utensils and drums in hand. Greeting one another eagerly, they begin their countdown to 7 p.m.


7 o'clock strikes; they scream with wild abandon and beat their drums enthusiastically. Slowly, the pounding fades into a soft heartbeat and hymnal chanting.