A traditional Unangax̂ boat sails for the first time in over 200 years

It’s been about 200 years since Russian colonizers demolished the last remaining examples of large Unangax̂ boats called a niĝilax̂. The wooden framed boats were used in the Aluetian islands to transport goods and people.

Now, a group of boat builders have resurrected the niĝilax̂ and returned the practice of making them to the Unangax̂ people. KUCB’s Theo Greenly has the story.

Matt Faubion is a multimedia journalist at Alaska Public Media. Reach him at mfaubion@alaskapublic.org. Read more about Matt here.

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