The AMIQ Archives
The Seal Islands of the Bering Sea Archives consist of materials collected
by Susanne Swibold and Helen Corbett on the Pribilof Islands, Alaska (1981-1993)
and Commander Islands, Kamchatka (1994-1998). The archives include:
The archives provide a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary portrait of the Aleut culture in an ecological context, with extensive recording of fur seal, sea bird and other biological communities in these ecosystems. It documents the demise of Aleut seal-harvesting cultures and community efforts to overcome geographic isolation, economic vulnerability, rapid social and cultural change, ill-informed opposition to sustainable resource use, and large-scale development scenarios. The archives show a northern culture dealing with resource issues at a time when the Bering Sea environment is in serious decline, and when industrial-scale fishing, pollution, and climate change appear to threaten recovery of biological populations that have traditionally sustained these cultures.
A sample of the archives' content:
Amiq Institute is now seeking funding to scan a selection of the archives into digital format to make available through the Pribilof schools, the Aleut Heritage Library and Archive of the Aleutian/Pribilof Islands Association, Anchorage, and the Aleutsky Regional Study Museum in Nikolskoye, Bering Island. The material can be adapted into "talking maps", cultural atlases and information-restricted Web sites. An archives team, with representatives from the Pribilof and Commander communities, will explore what parts of the archives will be available to Aleuts, other native communities, northern scholars, and the general public.
For more information please refer to the contact page.