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98 air miles from Kodiak City. Population: 41.
Kodiak’s southernmost village is located on Alitak Bay, where the shoreline has narrow rocky beaches, surrounded by tundra-like flatlands, valleys and low rolling hills common to the south end of the island. The tsunami of 1964 destroyed the village of Kaguyak, just to the east of Akhiok and the villagers were relocated to Akhiok. More than forty-six registered archaeological sites hold evidence of the area’s original inhabitants. Today’s residents are of Aleut, Caucasian and Filipino heritage with a strong Orthodox faith-based community.
The original village site on the Aliulik Peninsula supports abundant brown bears, Sitka blacktail deer, five species of salmon and many other saltwater fish, which form the base of the subsistence lifestyle practiced by the majority of Akhiok residents.