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By Tricia Brown

The Eyak people were the smallest in number among Alaska's Native groups. While geographically squeezed between their Tlingit and Athabascan neighbors, they clung to their identity, their unique culture and language. The traditional homeland of the Eyak lies along the Gulf of Alaska for 300 miles, from the Copper River Delta to Icy Bay, in the southeastern corner of Southcentral Alaska. Fishing remains an important part of a subsistence lifestyle or as a commercial living. Many Eyak live in the Native village of Eyak, in Cordova, or in Yakutat. In the 21st century, Eyak leaders have formed a council to help preserve their language and traditional ways. Also, through environmental and political activism, they are working to protect their land and waters.


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Dedication of Orthodox Catholic Church at Cordova, October 14, 1925
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Basket, spruce root
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Eyak, Cordova, Alaska
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"Native cemetery"

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