“…in Atmautluak, the community had a grant written for teaching youth traditional subsistence skills. The grant allowed community members to take both staff and youth out set-netting. So they went out, caught the fish, learned how to cut and prepare it, then they went out and delivered it to local Elders.” – Stacie, Interim Manager of Rural
Atmautluak is located on the west bank of the Pitmiktakik River in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, 20 miles northwest of Bethel. Falling within the western transitional climate zone, Atmautluak is characterized by tundra interspersed with boreal forests, and having weather patterns of long, cold winters and shorter, warm summers. The current population is 328 (2018).
Atmautluak, traditionally Atmaulluaq (Central Yup’ik), is a Yup’ik village with a reliance on subsistence and fishing activities. Indigenous people have inhabited this region for thousands of years due to the area’s rich resources; however, Atmautluak itself wasn’t established until the 1960s when the community had to move to higher ground to avoid flooding.