Cannery’s Asian Crew

The <NN> Cannery’s Asian crew, hired first from China, then Japan, and later, the Philippines
via labor contractors located in the West Coast hubs of San Francisco and Seattle. These workers
were hired to process the salmon and, in the early years, soldered by hand the tin cans on the
long voyage northward.

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NN Cannery’s Native Workforce | Caretakers of History

The resource-rich Naknek region has attracted Indigenous Alaskans to its shores since time immemorial. Just as the strong runs of salmon supported canneries, the salmon provided a stable resource for Native communities. Packers Creek, which runs beneath the NN Cannery and intersects the historic property, stands out for its archaeological potential to shed light on the Indigenous past of the region due to its proximity to the coast, confluence with the Naknek River, and as a source of reliable freshwater.

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A Century of Service & the Centerpiece of the Bristol Bay Fishery

For over a century, the Alaska Packers Association’s <NN> Cannery served as the centerpiece of the resource-rich Bristol Bay salmon fishery. Because the facility functioned almost continuously between 1895 and 2015, it has maintained architectural and cultural integrity, and remains one of the most historically significant remnants of the industry on the West Coast.

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