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Chevak is located on the north bank of the Niglikfak River, 17 miles east of Hooper Bay in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Falling within the transitional climate zone, Chevak is characterized by tundra interspersed with boreal forests, and having weather patterns of long, cold winters and shorter, warm summers. The current population is 1,074 (2018).
Chevak, traditionally Cev’aq (Central Yup’ik or Cup’ik) meaning “cut-through channel,” is a Cup’ik village with reliance on subsistence and fishing activities. Indigenous people have inhabited the region for thousands of years due to the area’s rich resources. However, the current location of the village is known as New Chevak, because residents inhabited another village referred to as Old Chevak before 1950 but had to move due to flooding.