“As part of our Elder Meal Program, kids made gifts, drew pictures, and baked cookies to slip into the delivery packages. The Elders were really touched, and the kids were delighted with themselves.” – Program Staff
Akiak is located along the west bank of the Kuskokwim River, 42 air miles northeast of Bethel, on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Falling within the western transitional climate zone, Akiak is characterized by tundra interspersed with boreal forests, and having weather patterns of long, cold winters and shorter, warm summers. The current population is 406 (2018).
Akiak, traditionally Ackiagmute or Akiaq (Central Yup’ik), means “the people on the other side [of the river]” or “the other side” referring to the crossing of the Yukon River basin during the winter. It is primarily a Yup’ik village with a reliance on subsistence and fishing activities. However, poor fish returns since 1997 have significantly affected the community.