Hello from Dutch Harbor Alaska.
I was shocked when a friend took me by an archeological dig site and we found a steam shovel and dump truck hauling off loads of stone houses, whale bone and ivory artifacts and countless other cultural treasures to a gravel pit- junk yard- land fill.
The ancient site is featured in the local museum for its incredible artifacts discovered during past archeological digs. Really incredible carvings, tools and personal effects from societies that have thrived at the edge of the world between Aleutian Volcanoes and the Bering Sea for centuries.
I called in a complaint to the historical preservation office at the state of Alaska who approved the state bridge project which is being funded with federal money and built on the local native corporations land.
I stopped by the dumping grounds and was shocked to see artifacts and bones sticking out of the more than 50 piles of miden and home sites trucked there. Then I saw the truck driver pull up, dump and start picking thru his most recent load. I assumed he was pocketing what he found because I have never seen an honest archaeological investigation conducted in the back of a dump truck on the edge of a land fill.
I went to the construction site and told the workers I filed a complaint and had seen the truck driver pulling out artifacts. They said they were torn about doing it. They said the state had originally planned to bulldoze the site into the sea and that they would rather it was them and that they were lucky to be able to get what they could.
They had been joking about how overwhelmingly many new and uncharted ancient home sites and artifacts they had unearthed with the equipment.
I told them if I was them I would resign on the spot get a few people together and shut the whole thing down then personally raise a million dollars to preserve the site. I said if it was my tribes land their heavy equipment and dump truck would be history.
The whole road straitening project is pointless and a massive waste of money. How could you justify destroying the undiscovered history of centuries past just to go faster in your SUV?
link to www.dnr.state.ak.us
The site is truly unique and the trashing of the ancient village and its mysteries and lessons of the elders times is a crime against the history and culture of native people and the world and is a responsibility of all peoples to stop.
link to www.dnr.state.ak.us
Please call the State of Alaska office of Archeological preservation (Stephanie Ludwig 907 269 8720) and the Museum of the Aleutians to register your concern and help save the Amaknak Bridge Site.
ALEUTIANS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chair Sharon -Svarny-Livingston VOICE 907-581-5150 FAX 907-581-6682
Ounalashka Corporation email@example.com
Vice chair Chris Hladick Public At Large firstname.lastname@example.org
Director Kristine King Public At Large email@example.com
Director Harriet Berikoff Qawalangin tribe
Director O. Patricia Lekanoff-Gregory Aleut Corporation firstname.lastname@example.org
Director Michael Edenfield Public at Large email@example.com
Museum Director Zoya Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org VOICE 907-581-5150 FAX 907-581-6682
Make a call, send an email or fax, Volunteer to do it right or visit Alaska and see it for your self.
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