We are the Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak, a federally recognized Alaska Native tribe. We represent 1,600+ Sun’aq tribal members who reside on the island of Kodiak, on other islands in the Kodiak Archipelago, elsewhere in Alaska and Hawai’i, and in the lower 48 states.
Dedicated to the Reunification of Our People
We are dedicated to rebuilding our traditional political and cultural institutions and practices. Our tribe strives to build and support Sun’aq Tribal unity and cultural identity and lifeways.
You may reach us —>
- via telephone 907-486-4449 (Alaska time zone) fax 907486-3361
- email us at reception AT sunaq.org
- visit our Facebook http://www.facebook.com/SunaqTribe
Or, simply stop by. We’d love to see you, upstairs at 312 West Marine Way, Kodiak, Alaska 99615 USA
Our Subsistence Lifestyle
We are one of 10 Alutiiq tribes that lived in large coastal villages along the shores of the Alaska Peninsula, the Kenai Peninsula, and the Kodiak Archipelago 7,500 to 8,000 years ago. Our tribe settled permanently where the city of Kodiak is now located about 2,500 years ago and interacted regularly with other tribes throughout the archipelago.
Our ancestors followed an elaborate maritime subsistence lifestyle of hunting, fishing, and gathering throughout the year. Subsistence has special meaning for Alaska Natives and refers to a way of living that emphasizes the importance of respecting the land and its resources, as well as acknowledging a connection to the natural world.
Our people today blend the traditional lifeways of our ancestors with the customs and practices of the many nations who have come to our island and stayed to become a part of our community. These include Russians, Scandinavians, Chinese, and Americans.
Some Sun’aq practice subsistence for spiritual and cultural reasons; other tribal members rely on our island’s resources for material well-being. Many tribal members fish independently or work for the local canneries, while still practicing a subsistence lifestyle.