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This presentation will describe the natural history of Sanak Island, other nearby islands, and the western Alaska Peninsula. The western Gulf of Alaska/Alaska peninsula region has been the home of the Aleut/Unangan people for at least 10,000 years, and the Aleut and their livelihoods have shaped the ecology of the region. Recent research in the Sanak archipelago describes 4500+ years of their ecology and the legacy they have left on today’s soils, plants, animals, and landscape. Islands of the Sanak archipelago that have different histories of natural resource economy show how much the resource choices of people can dictate the local ecology. The Aleut people are and have been vital parts of a number of different ecological communities.
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