We’re a Native people, we’re a tribe… our ancestors have been here thousands and thousands of years. We live here because our culture and our tradition is important to us, our island is beloved… this is our home. St. George resident?
It's all about the people and the closeness, the love. You’ll never have to worry about going hungry or having a roof over your head because we take care of our own. And that's what our parents instill in us and that's what we instill in our children and we’ll keep that going for generation after generation. St. Paul resident
Place-making efforts between the two islands were very similar and centered on residency in their communities and the lifestyle this afforded them. Residents also felt that both halibut and crab fisheries were important to long-term community sustainability. In particular, residents of both communities strongly valued the ability to participate in a halibut day fishery, coming home each night after a day’s work. This is very different from the relationship Aleuts in the Aleutian Chain have with fisheries (Reedy-Maschner 2009).
How do place-making efforts interact with economic development projects?
Do these interactions differ between the Pribilof Island communities?