“The kids showed us so much love, even when we were just walking around town. They’d zoom up to us screaming our names. Even on days that are difficult, kids showed up so consistently and are always eager to begin program.” – Porter, Program Staff
Alakanuk is located at the east entrance of Alakanuk Pass, the major southern channel of the Yukon River, 15 miles from the Bering Sea and approximately 162 air miles northwest of Bethel. Falling within the transitional climate zone, Alakanuk is characterized by tundra interspersed with boreal forests, and having weather patterns of long, cold winters and shorter, warm summers. The current population is 728 (2018).
Traditionally Alarneq (Central Yup’ik) meaning “wrong way,” Alakanuk refers to being located on a maze of watercourses. 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.