Chignik is located in Dillingham Census Area
, within the Southwest Region
, on the Alaska Peninsula just south of Aniakchak National Monument & Preserve
An Eskimo village was originally located here, but was destroyed during the Russian fur boom in the late 1700s. Chignik, meaning "big wind" was established in the late 1800s as a fishing village and cannery. Chignik became an incorporated city in 1983. Today, there are two historical canneries still in operation.
Nearly 50 percent of the population are Alaska Natives - Aleuts and Eskimos. Subsistence on fish and caribou is important to residents' livelihoods.