The Alutiiq people have inhabited the coasts of south-central Alaska for almost 10,000 years. The word ‘Aleut’ actually means coastal dweller. Our traditional homelands include Prince William Sound, the outer Kenai Peninsula, the Kodiak Archipelago, and the Alaska Peninsula. Our ancestors lived in small communities and lived off the land and sea.
Alutiiq people share many cultural practices with the other coastal peoples, particularly the Unangan / Aleut of the Aleutian Chain and the Yup’ik of the Bering Sea coast. Anthropologists believe these cultural similarities reflect a distant but common ancestry.
At the time of European colonization, there were distinct regional groups of Alutiiq, each speaking a slightly different dialect of the Alutiiq language.