As part of the "Beginning of Memory Project," Ray Hudson conducted interviews with Aleuts who were forced to evacuate from their homes during World War II. Many of the evacuees from the Aleutians faced years away from their childhood homes, sometimes in deplorable camps. Many communities - the "Lost Villages" - were never resettled.
Eva Tcheripanoff (nee Kudrin) was born in Kashega in 1928 and continued to live there until evacuation during WWII. After the war she married John Tcheripanoff of Akutan and soon afterwards settled in Unalaska.
Download a full transcript of Eva's interview.
Did You Know?
The Ounalashka Corporation was established in 1973 as the Alaska Village Corporation for Unalaska. This corporation was one of many Native Alaskan corporations that were formed under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971.