“This program made us more visible, and I think it built trust. It expressed the message that our Rural Program is intended to serve alongside the community..” – Melanie, Interim Director of Program Services
Chuathbaluk is located on the north bank of the Kuskokwim River, 11 miles upriver from Aniak in the Kilbuk-Kuskokwim Mountains, and 87 air miles northeast of Bethel. Falling within the western transitional climate zone, Chuathbaluk is characterized by tundra interspersed with boreal forests, and having weather patterns of long, cold winters and shorter, warm summers. The current population is 111 (2018).
Chuathbaluk, derived from Curapalek (Central Yup’ik) meaning “the hills where the big blueberries grow,” is primarily a Tanana Athabascan and Yup’ik village. Residents in the community rely heavily on subsistence and fishing activities for food. Historically, Deg Hit’an Athabascan people had summer fish camp in the area.