Village Life

After months of records management, I was finally able to go on a 10 day hitch to Angoon. This village is on Admiralty Island with a population of about 300 people. The heritage team was asked to survey an area on Angoon for an upcoming HydroElectric Project and I was able to tag along with 2 other incredible Arch Techs.

This trip started off with a 6 hour boat trip where we saw humpback whales, sea lions and porpoises! Even though we were cold and soaked, the wildlife made it worth the journey. We finally got to the bunkhouse, exhausted and hungry, but ready to start learning! The next morning we were ready to go out on another boat ride to our place of survey. The survey work ended up being extensive hiking and bushwhacking through about 10 miles of the forest that would become the road for the Hydro Project. As we hiked along, we probed and assessed the area looking for any cultural resources.

After a couple of days hiking and bonding with my crew, we ended up digging our first test pit! This was a great experience for me since I had only seen this in college courses but never had the opportunity to dig one myself. I can’t say what we found or if anything, but I can say it was one of the highlights of the trip!

Along with the work, I was able to participate in a cemetery cleanup for the village. A bunch of the community came together to clean up the cemeteries of their ancestors in order to honor them. I could not pass up the opportunity to help out this wonderful community and ended up meeting so many of the local kids!

The 10 days flew by and before I knew it, I was back on a seaplane home to Juneau! It was one of the most amazing experiences where I could not believe this is my life and my job! I can’t wait for my next hitch!

1 Comment
  • Katherine Shorten
    Posted at 08:20h, 12 June

    Great blog and even better pics. Thanks for sharing Hanna