More than a hundred paddlers navigate about a dozen canoes toward Juneau for this year’s Celebration. Those with the One People Canoe Society paddle from their Southeast Alaska towns to Juneau. To keep everyone safe, support vessels run alongside these canoes to provide emergency care or just shelter from the storm.
The Aleutian Islands served as the battleground for some of the bloodiest conflicts on American soil since the Civil War. But most people have never heard of the Battle of Attu, the invasion of Kiska, or even the Aleutian campaign. A Japanese filmmaker wants to change that.
In 1942, there were 44 people living on Attu Island, nearly all Alaska Natives. They were taken as captives to Japan, where half of them died. And after the war, the federal government forbade them from returning. In August, a group of 11 descendants finally visited their ancestral home for the first time.