Forgotten Barabara



Barabara means a meeting place. Them days they had big barabaras and in the middle, they had big holes, and in the hole was a fire. The ceiling had a hole in it too, so the smoke from the fire would go out the hole. We weren’t successful sometimes! Some people lived in’em sometimes. Our people used Russian culture heritage, so maybe they’re the one’s who taught us how to make banias and smokehouses, and mud huts. Then we followed their culture so we lost ours.  



The last barabara in Port Graham it belongs to Polly and Larry Meganack



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