When you kayak in Kodiak Island, you are paddling waters with thousands of years of history. The Alutiiq people, who occupied the island 10,000 years ago, navigated Aleutian isle waters Read more
Kodiak's first settlers were the Alutiiq, a thriving hunting and gathering community. Photo an Akhiok boy in traditional Alutiiq clothing, courtesy the Alutiiq Museum. Read more
Puffin on the shore. Dake Schmidt photo Kodiak is a birder's paradise. Thanks to a mild climate and plentiful food supply, bird watching opportunities are excellent year-round. More than 240 Read more
Twenty thousand years ago most of the 5,000 square mile Kodiak Archipelago was covered by glaciers that scored and carved the landscape. Jagged peaks, fjord-like bays, and wide U-shaped valleys Read more
Few things are more thrilling than seeing a whale surface and dive ocean waters. The classic shot of a whale tail or a breaching whale is a lifelong Read more
Where does the name “Kodiak” come from?
As in any small town in America, there are varying stories about how the town name came about. The word “Kigikhtak” means island; “Kikhtahgmitt” island people; “kiktagamutes” islanders; Kikhtak, “island.” “Kadyak” comes closest to the pronunciation used by islanders. The people living here at the time of the first Russian contact were the Konyag. In 1890 the name Kadiak was adopted as the official spelling, but islanders continued to use “Kodiak” until, in the early 1920s, Kodiak was adopted.