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Olga Sam

Olga Sam

Olga Pena Kuchenoff Sam was born in 1945, to Natalia Alugak and Willie Kuchenoff. She was one of 15 children. Mrs. Sam passed away in October 10, 2007. She grew up in Perryville, which was established by Sugpiaq (Alutiiq) refugees who were displaced by the Katmai volcanic eruption in 1912. Mrs. Sam shared her language with her six children and grandchildren, and in the 1960s, Olga and her husband Mike Sam led an effort to keep the Sugpiaq language alive in the school district of Chignik Lagoon. [Last updated in 2013]