Chignik Bay is located on the southern Alaska Peninsula, an area known for its remoteness, volcanic activity, and an abundance of salmon and sea life.  The people of the region are descendants of the Aleut and Alutiiq first people, Russian fur traders, and Scandinavian fishermen.  The huge winds arising from the coastal storms at Chignik Bay inspired the Alutiiq people who lived here to name this village “Cihniq”, meaning “big wind” in the Alutiiq language.