There are two sides to Sitka Whalefest: the multi-day festival thrown by the Sitka Sound Science center, first and foremost, is a celebration of marine life and scientific inquiry. But it also celebrates Sitka’s maritime culture.

Chanteyman Don Sineti has been cornerstone almost since the festival’s inception. He joined KCAW’s Erin Fulton on the Morning Interview. Listen here:

Sitka WhaleFest starts Thursday, October 31, and runs through Nov. 3. A full list of events is available online at