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Three Books on Afognak

According to the Alaska Communities Database, Afognak is a community that was abandoned after the 1964 earthquake destroyed the village. Here is the database’s overview of location and climate:

This traditional Alutiiq (Russian-Aleut) village was located on Afognak Bay, on the southwest coast of Afognak Island, north of Kodiak Island. The Kodiak Archipelago is warmed by the Japanese current. The climate is similar to Southeast Alaska, with less precipitation. January temperatures range from 14 to 46 degrees Fahrenheit. July temperatures vary from 39 to 76 degrees Fahrenheit. Average annual rainfall is 74 inches.

WorldCat has a number of books on Afognak and Afognak Island. Here are three:

Huggins, E. L., John A. Campbell, Frederick Sargent, and Richard A. Pierce. 1981. Kodiak and Afognak life, 1868-1870. Alaska history, no. 20. Kingston, Ont., Canada: Limestone Press.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Denny Zwiefelhofer, Dick Munoz, and Jay Bellinger. 1994. Afognak Island biological assessment and land acquisition plan: plan for acquisition of selected fish and wildlife habitats on Afognak Island, Alaska. Anchorage, Alaska: U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 7.

Breece, Hannah, and Jane Jacobs. 1995. A schoolteacher in old Alaska: the story of Hannah Breece. New York: Random House.

Next week, we’ll look at Akhiok.

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