On the shores of Nuchek Island, approximately twenty minutes by air from Cordova, within the Prince William Sound, children and elders of the Chugach people spend time together to relive their heritage. The Nuuciq Spirit camp is designed to raise awareness of the origin and history of the people in the Prince William Sound and to heighten awareness of their history and culture. Activities include gathering and preparing subsistence foods, language lessons, woodcarving, beading, traditional singing and dancing. Storytelling with Elders provides important lessons in culture, history and learning the values of the Chugach community.

The Chugach region is located in Southcentral Alaska, along the coastal lands of Prince William Sound and the lower Cook Inlet. Chugach /ˈtʃuːɡætʃ/, Chugach Sugpiaq or Chugachigmiut is the name of an Alaska Native people in the region of the Kenai Peninsula and Prince William Sound on the southern coast of Alaska. The Chugach people are an Alutiiq (Pacific Eskimo) people who speak the Chugach dialect of the Alutiiq language.

The Chugach people have lived in the region around Prince William Sound for millennia, according to archaeological finds. They were the first indigenous Alaskans to encounter the Russian explorer Vitus Bering in 1741. The Russians were followed by Spanish, English, and American explorers. The Chugach have at times traded with or fought against neighboring groups, the Eyak, Ahtna, and the Tlingit.[1]

In 1964, a tsunami generated by the Good Friday earthquake destroyed the Chugach village of Chenega, Alaska. The fishing-based Chugach economy was badly affected by the environmental damage caused by the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989.

The Chugach people gave their name to Chugach National Forest, the Chugach Mountains, and Alaska’s Chugach State Park, all located in or near the traditional range of the Chugach people in southcentral Alaska. Chugach Alaska Corporation, an Alaska Native regional corporation created under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971, also derives its name from the Chugach people, many of whom are shareholders of the corporation.

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History & Culture

Nuuciq Spirit Camp

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On the shores of Nuchek Island, approximately twenty minutes by air from Cordova, within the Prince William Sound, children and elders of the Chugach people spend time together to relive their heritage. The camp is designed to raise awareness of the origin and history of the people in the Prince William Sound and to heighten awareness of their history and culture. Activities include gathering and preparing subsistence foods, language lessons, woodcarving, beading, traditional singing and dancing. Storytelling with Elders provides important lessons in culture, history and learning the values of the Chugach community.

The old village of Nuuciq is located on a 800-acre island at the entrance to Prince William Sound. In the late 1790’s, the Russians came to this area and built a fortress and trading center that served all of south central Alaska. This center was called Fort Saint Constantine and Helen.

At one time, this area was claimed by many nations. The Russians claimed this area by burying a bronze plate with a double-headed eagle. The Spaniards claimed this area by erecting a large cross. The English buried a wine bottle with coins and the Americans hosted a flag. Now Nuchek is owned and controlled by the original landlords – the Chugach People.

Nuuciq is once again coming alive and emerging out of the history books as a location of beauty, history, and cultural pride. For the last six years, the Nuuciq Spirit camp has brought together the young and old in celebration of our thousands of years of occupation as the original settlers of this great land. The younger generation is coming from every community within our region to learn from the past and to enjoy the new friendship they have made.

In recent years Nuuciq has grown with leaps and bounds. Our ancestors would have been proud to see a village grow out of the ruins of the past with such a great opportunity for the future generations.

Chugach Alaska Corporation (CAC) is an Alaska Native Regional Corporation with its corporate headquarters located in Anchorage, Alaska. Chugach has more than 6,500 employees worldwide with regional offices in Washington, D.C., Nevada, Alabama and Hawaii. More than 2,200 shareholders of Aleut, Eskimo and Indian heritage elect the members of CAC’s Board of Directors (all of whom are Alaska Natives).

http://www.alaskan-natives.com/1055/chugach-alaska-corporation/  Chugach is globally recognized as a premier provider of base operations and facilities maintenance services. Its proven track record of delivering cost-saving, award-winning services to its commercial clients and the federal government has earned the corporation recognition as a leader in its industry.

In addition to its core businesses of Base Operations and Facilities Maintenance, other Chugach subsidiaries provide business services in the areas of General Construction & Construction Management; Civil Engineering; Oil & Gas Services; Educational Services; Environmental/Oil Spill Response Services; Information Technology; Telecommunications; Employment Services; Manufacturing Services.

CAC subsidiaries also have expertise in: Providing complete project services and construction of commercial and government facilities; Providing full scope of Information Technology services including network security and monitoring; Operating the best trained and equipped oil spill response organization in the world; Recognized for excellence in providing training and maintenance for the U.S. Department of Labor Job Corps Programs; Proven history of success in operating in extremely remote locations including the Western Pacific Islands, Canada, Africa, Spain and Turkey.

Chugach has been recognized as an industry leader for offering exceptional value and customer service. Chugach provides cost-saving, award-winning services to the government while maximizing benefits to the American taxpayer.

Chugach focuses on providing meaningful benefits – employment opportunities, educational assistance, and cultural conservation – to shareholders to fulfill the intent of ANCSA and preserve the culture of the Chugach people for future generations.

Native Villages and Native Corporations in the Chugach Region:

Community Name Corporation Name
Chenega Chenega Corporation
English Bay English Bay Corporation
Eyak Bay Eyak Corporation
Gulkana Ahtna (Sta-Keh Corporation)
Icy Bay Chugach Natives Inc
Port Graham Port Graham Corporation
Tatitlek Tatitlek Corporation