The Seldovia Village Tribe logo was designed by a Seldovia artist named Susan Springer. It depicts the subsistence foods and lifestyles of the native people who made this area home, long before explorers set foot on the continent. Click on the images below to learn more.
Salmon are a main staple of the Seldovia people. Although commercial fishing tapered off over the years, salmon return every year to fill our smokehouses, jars, and freezers.
Kachemak Bay is the halibut capital of the world. The halibut is the largest flat fish with an average weight of 24 to 30 pounds. Mature halibut can grow to over 700 lbs. Halibut are an important part of the native people’s diet.
Did you know that most of the Bald Eagle photos in circulation today were taken around Kachemak Bay? Eagles are abundant in these parts. The eagle played a role in many native stories and legends.
Seals are harvested by native people for fur, oil, and meat. Seal meat is rich in vitamins and calories and continues to sustain people throughout the long winters.
Bears, of course, provide both meat and fur for the people of the region. Black bears inhabit the Seldovia area; their meat is frozen or canned. Their fur made blankets, clothing, and housing and provided much-needed warmth for the long Alaskan winters.
The Horned Puffin is one of the most sought after seabirds in Alaska by tourists and photographers. Historically, puffins were used for food and clothing by Alaskan Natives. Aleut Natives made parkas of puffin skins, which were very tough and worn feather side in.