Scale Cannery Model
“A three-dimensional form helps Native kids envision the places where their aunties or uncles worked. Shows that they were once thriving places. Brings to life the stories they heard from family about working in the laundry mat, working with the Chinese and Filipinos, or getting food from the mess hall.”
Andrew Abyo | Alutiiq Artist
Alutiiq Artist Andrew Abyo has been commissioned to construct a scale model of the structures of the <NN> cannery in conjunction with the support of the University of Alaska Anchorage, Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation and National Park Service. The model will be based on a plat from 1976, the peak year of the cannery’s period of historic significance.
From its bunkhouses to boardwalks, the cannery’s structures contain the voices of the past. The model will serve as the centerpiece of the exhibit and will be designed to interpret cannery spatial relations and functions to visitors, spark memories from former cannery workers and reflect the traditional practice of making models to connect viewers directly to shared experiences.