Heritage LibraryNadia Mullan was an inspirational Alutiiq woman who loved her culture and was instrumental in its revitalization.

The Nadia Mullan Alutiiq Heritage Library is made possible with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services

We have a collection of close to 1,000 items that deal with the Alutiiq culture, the Kodiak Archipelago, Alaska Native culture and Native American culture in general, and Alaskana (historical, anthropological, geological, and other information about Alaska). Within these categories, we have:

  • History books
  • Children’s books
  • Periodicals
  • Alutiiq language books
  • How-to manuals
  • Books on Native crafts
  • Environmental books
  • Healthy Relationship books
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  • Academic research papers
  • Guidebooks on medicinal plants
  • Oral history tapes and transcripts
  • Genealogical records
  • Maps
  • Educational CDs and videos

Many of our academic research papers are unique to our collection, including reports that resulted from projects the tribe funded. These include more than 10 years of archeological research on Afognak Island (our ancestral home).

We also have historical data about our people that we have gathered and duplicated from other archival collections throughout the world, including translations of Russian Church records from Kodiak and Russian America Company records.

Who May Use the Library

Borrowing privileges are automatically extended to Native Village of Afognak Tribal Members, Port Lions Tribal Members, Afognak Native Corporation shareholders and students.  Members of other Kodiak tribes and the general public also are welcome to use the Library and its resources, but Tribal Members have priority.  If a Tribal Member requests access to materials that are in circulation to a non-Member, NVA will request return of the materials for use by a Tribal Member. Access Library On-line now >

Circulation Policies

  • Only non-reference books and videos may circulate.
  • Checked out items circulate for three weeks.
  • Articles, periodicals, reports and archival materials do not circulate.
  • Overdue fines are charged at a rate of 25 cents per overdue item per day. 
  • Checked out items may be renewed online, in person at the NVA office (323 Carolyn Street), by phone (907-486-6357), or by e-mail tribe@afognak.org

Our Services

  • Computers: A computer is available in the Library for patron use.  The computer offers access to word processing, spreadsheet development and the Internet. Computer time can be reserved in 1-hour blocks.  Access to a printer is available, but costs 10 cents per page for non-Members.
     
  • Reserving a Book: You may place a hold on a book, which is checked out, and we will notify you when it becomes available for you.
     
  • Orientations: The Library will provide orientations to new users, including instruction on the use of the computers. 
     
  • Duplication: A photocopier is available.  Copies are free for Tribal Members if they don’t exceed 20 pages per visit.  Non-Members will be charged 10 cents per page. 

Donations

Monetary donations and donations of books, plants or other materials are welcome, and may be accepted at the Tribal Administrator’s discretion.  For more information, please contact us at (907) 486-6357.

Why a Nadia Mullan Alutiiq Heritage Library?

The Native Village of Afognak (NVA) believes that the creation of the Nadia Mullan Alutiiq Heritage Library is an important element in preserving the tribe’s culture and history.

As members of one of 10 federally recognized Alaska Native tribes in the Kodiak Archipelago, the people of NVA once lived in large coastal villages throughout the archipelago and shared a common language and a lifestyle of traditional hunting, gathering, and fishing with the ancestors of the other local tribes. Archaeological evidence shows the presence of Alaska Natives in the Kodiak Archipelago beginning about 7,500 to 8,000 years ago and, by about 2,500 years ago, NVA’s ancestors had settled permanently in the village of Ag’waneq on the island of Afognak.

Members of our tribe inhabited Ag’waneq –  located 20 miles off the shore of Kodiak Island – until the 1964 Earthquake and Tsunami. The earthquake caused a great deal of destruction to the village and the federal government issued an evacuation decree for all the village residents. As a result, today many of our members live and work in the city of Kodiak, in remote villages in the archipelago, in Anchorage, in Seattle, and elsewhere in the lower forty-eight states. Those who remained in the Kodiak Archipelago are among the 2,500 Alaska Natives who still live in the area and who still share one culture.

Although western influences have dramatically altered Alutiiq culture during the past 150 years, there has been a cultural revival within the last 20 years among Kodiak’s Native population. While we have lost touch with a great deal of our cultural heritage and our traditional political forms of organization, we feel an increased sense of tribal unity and identity.

Today’s Kodiak Natives combine Western conventions with traditional worldviews to produce a lifestyle that is unique to the region. We desire to rebuild our tribal institutions and pass our traditions and beliefs on to our young people, who also wish to learn about our lifestyle. We see preservation of the values and practices of our traditional way of life as contributing to the health and vitality of our tribe’s infrastructure, to the larger community, and to the land and sea that are our home.

We believe the Nadia Mullan Alutiiq Heritage Library will help us reach those goals.Access Library now >

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