Noel Miller was a student intern with the <NN> Cannery History Project in 2019 while she was a senior at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She produced some of the transcripts for the project.
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|Denise Statz||2018-13-11||<NN> Cannery History Project Jukebox||
Denise Statz was interviewed on December 17, 2018 by Katie Ringsmuth at the Turkey Red Restaurant Store in Palmer, Alaska. LaRece Egli was operating the audio recorder, and student intern, Emily Mueller, was observing the interview. In this interview, Denise Statz talks about growing up in Dillingham, Ekwok and South Naknek around the canneries, and her own experience working in the Egg House and as waitress in the mess hall at the Bumblebee cannery in South Nakenk. Denise feels a deep connection to the Bristol Bay region and the people of the villages, as well as to the diversity of people she worked with at the cannery. Finally, Denise discusses the mutual dependency that existed between the canneries and the local communities.
|Orin Seybert||2018-13-12||<NN> Cannery History Project Jukebox||
Orin Seybert was interviewed on December 27, 2018 by Katherine Ringsmuth and LaRece Egli at the Alaska Aviation Museum in Anchorage, Alaska (previously known as the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum). In this interview, Orin talks about growing up in Pilot Point, Alaska, getting interested in flying, and starting his own flying business, Peninsula Airways (PenAir) to provide service to people in Bristol Bay. He also discusses the importance of aviation to the canneries in the region, landing on beaches versus on airstrips, and working with George Tibbetts, Sr., another well-known Bristol Bay pilot, to service the needs of the canneries. Orin also talks about the connections between the canneries and local communities, and how things have changed in the region.
|Becky Savo||2018-13-13||<NN> Cannery History Project Jukebox||
Becky Savo was interviewed on April 22, 2019 by LaRece Egli at the Bristol Bay Historical Society in Naknek, Alaska. In this interview, Becky talks about working at canneries in Chignik and Naknek, Alaska in the 1970s and 1980s. She describes the process of fish processing and canning, working at the patching table and being a machinist's helper, and serving and cooking in the mess hall. Her stories of the hard work and physical labor involved with cannery work paint a picture of life at the cannery during the summer fishing and processing season, as well as work done before and after the season to open up and close down the cannery, most particularly the bunkhouses. She also talks about the cross-cultural experience cannery work provided, how everyone had to learn to get along, the importance of listening to music, and the development of long-term friendships.