Size & LocationAlaska is GIANT! See the little red dot?
Where I live:Fly in village . . .This is the entire thing ..
HousingThere are 650 people who live in Akiachak, Alaska. Half of the residenceshave running water, half do not. All homes have electricity. This is a verynice house! Most homes have cable television but very few homes haveinternet. Cell phones are everywhere! Cars are not.
Yupik PeopleThere are many different native groups of people in Alaska today. I live inthe Yupik/Cupik region, home to the Yupik Eskimos. Today, Yupik Eskimos inmy area still practice a mainly subsistence based culture and lifestyle. Thelanguage is still spoken by many people and traditions are important.
Village Lifestyle:If you live a subsistencebased lifestyle, you livemostly off the land andwhat it provides, perhapssupported byjobs, trading, andassistance.• Hunting:moose, caribou, bear, beaver, weasels, ptarmigan,geese, swans, etc.• Fishing:Salmon, Pike, Whitefish, whale, blackfish• Boys in my class hunt fromabout 3rd grade on.
EldersElders are important in native cultures throughout Alaska! They teach usabout the past and give us advice for the future. Elders help us make goodchoices.
SalmonSalmon! Salmon is the one of the most important naturalresources where I live. Over the summer, many families move tofish camp where they can fish and dry fish more easily. Inaddition, people from around the world come to fish Alaskasalmon or order in it restaurants in their home towns.
Birds, fish, and other small game:Birds and fish are incredibly valued in Alaska. Those who live here continueto hunt and fish like their ancestors before them. Throughout Alaska, fishingand hunting is a popular pastime and important for survival.
Our SchoolOur school is just like most schools! We have computers, the internet, sportsteams and a library. Our school serves kindergarten through grade 12, or 5year olds through 18 year olds. Most classes have about 15 students. Wedon’t have school buses, though. Since our village is small, everyone walks.Also, since we are not connected to another place by any roads, all fieldtrips and sport travel is by plane.
For Fun? MUSHING!There are numerous dog races throughout Alaska. The largest is theIditarod. People come from around the world to compete! They haveto ride from South Central Alaska to the West Coast.