About the Pratt Museum
The Pratt Museum is the only accredited natural history museum in a 25,600 square mile area, serving a local population of more than 4,800 and 300,000 visitors each summer. Indoor exhibits include changing art and natural history exhibits, exhibits on native cultures, homesteading, fishing, marine mammals, live aquaria, and the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Outdoor exhibits include historic Harrington Cabin, garden and nature trails.
The Pratt Museum is dedicated to the process of education, exploring the natural environment and human experience relative to the Kachemak Bay region of Alaska and its place in the world. The Museum seeks to inspire self-reflection of Alaska and dialogue in its community and visitors through exhibitions, programs, and collections in the arts, sciences and humanities.
About Seldovia Native Association
The Seldovia Native Association, Inc., which owns Gull Island, is a partner in the Kachemak Bay Discovery program of the Pratt Museum. Since its beginning in 1998, the Kachemak bay Discovery project has sought native Alaskan involvement in this marine science education effort.
The Seldovia Village Tribe, one of the more than 200 federally recognized native tribes in Alaska, represents the original Supiaq tradition of the region. The economic arm of the Native tradition, the Seldovia Native Association, Inc., which was founded as a result of the landmark legislation for native American communities known as the Alaska Native claims Settlement Act of 1971, was one of the first organizations to come forth to be a part of the educational effort to extend understanding of the unique marine environment of Kachemak Bay.
The corporation, known as SNA, granted permits to the Pratt Museum to place its cameras on Gull Island so that the world could be brought a little closer to the special qualities of this region, which have attracted Native populations to the Bay for the past five millennia as a place to live and raise families just as they still do today.
Links to Related Sites
Seldovia Native Association
Seldovia Village Tribe
Homer Public Library
Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Homer Chamber of Commerce