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'Finding Refuge' One dying woman searches for renewal on Refuge Rock, Alaska
By Brenda Norrell
Censored News'Finding Refuge,' filmed at Refuge Rock, Old Harbor, Kodiak Island, Alaska is featured this week on Vision Maker Media's film festival, free online.
The film documents the struggle of one dying woman to find the truth about the past. She hopes her Native culture and history doesn't end when she passes.
Isabella Blatchford (Sugpiaq/Alutiiq/Inupiaq), with her last dying breaths, confronts the violent event over two centuries ago when Russia invaded.
When Russians fired the cannons, five hundred men, women and children were killed in one day.
But the Sugpiaq survived.
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Isabella Blatchford gets quiet and contemplative during her trip to Refuge Rock. For years, she’d been dreaming of replacing her sense of shame with one of pride, in part by gong to Refuge Rock, where her people were brutally massacred during the colonization of Kodiak Island by Russian fur traders. -- Vision Maker Media. Photo by: Torsten Kjellstrand/Dog Mountain LLC.