Nuchek, Port Etches

Nuchek is an abandoned village at Port Etches on Hinchinbrook Island in Prince William Sound. The village was first documented by Captain James Cook during his Voyage of Discovery around the Gulf of Alaska in 1778. In 1793, Russian fur traders with the Lebedev-Lastochkin Company established a permanent trading post and a Russian Orthodox church here, later called Fort Saint Constantine. The Alaska Commercial Company had a trading center at Nuchek that served all of southcentral Alaska through much of the 19th century. In 1928, after the death of Nuchek's last chief, the remaining Alutiiq people left the village. The Chugach Alaska Corporation now runs the Nuchek Spirit Camp at this site. The camp is designed for children and elders of the Chugach people to spend time together and raise awareness of their history and culture. Activities include gathering and preparing subsistence foods, language lessons, woodcarving, beading, storytelling, and traditional singing and dancing. Read more here and here. Click here to download the CoastView app and explore more of Nuchek and Port Etches.