Portraits of Resilience

Homeless?

Did you ever lose your home? Have you been homeless? We are about to lose our homes -- from erosion. Most importantly, erosion eats our Island and we have less land. Erosion happens from our ocean. The ocean takes away land from our Island. It takes away our land by taking sand and moving it someplace else. And when storms come it takes lots of land. 
 

Did you ever lose your home? Have you been homeless? We are about to lose our homes -- from erosion. Most importantly, erosion eats our Island and we have less land. Erosion happens from our ocean. The ocean takes away land from our Island. It takes away our land by taking sand and moving it someplace else. And when storms come it takes lots of land.

We moved some of our homes from the west side of Shishmaref to the east side. We moved some of our homes because we live in them and if we hadn’t moved they would’ve fallen into the ocean. The ocean takes more land on the west side of Shishmaref than the east side. And this is why we moved our homes.

Finally, workers put out a huge seawall along the beach. They put a huge seawall because the ocean was eating too much land, and they tried to stop it. If we hadn’t put the huge seawall up the ocean would’ve eaten more land. And so it wouldn’t catch up to our homes. There was an old seawall, but it sank into the ocean.

After having reviewed all the evidence it’s obvious -- my family is the most important thing in my life. And I think everybody in Shishmaref is a family. And I don’t want to lose them.

— Renee Kuzuguk

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