Old Harbor Alliance, Inc.

LOCATION:  Old Harbor, AK
AWARD:  2021 SHIFT – Transformative Change and Indigenous Arts
Stephen Qacung Blanchett BIO

The Old Harbor Alliance, Inc., a nonprofit corporation, was established by community leaders to provide educational programs & projects that bring residents together to build a healthy community. The Old Harbor Alliance, through support of various grants and private donations, has organized and sponsored Nuniaq Alutiiq Camp as well as family gatherings, Alutiiq traditional dancing and cultural workshops in Old Harbor. The Old Harbor Alliance is also focused on food sovereignty and manages the Sitkalidak Bison Herd and Sitkalidak Sunrise Farm.  They are working towards building capacity and programs that foster a healthy community with strong leaders for all generations.


Old Harbor Alliance, Inc. is partnering with 2021 SHIFT Awardee Stephen Qacung Blanchett (Yup’ik) will co-manage and coordinate events and a dance festival as part of Blanchett’s project Cuumillat’stun – Like Our Ancestors. Blanchett and Old Harbor Alliance, Inc. will develop a series of workshops to strengthen Sugpiaq/Alutiiq drumming and dancing, fostering the development of a new generation of composers and choreographers within the seven communities that reside on Kodiak Island. Cultural practitioners will represent each community to be taught by dance experts, Elders, and surviving members of the original Alutiiq group. An island-wide dance festival will showcase new dances.