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Crooked Creek community is located on the north bank of the Kuskokwim River at its junction with Crooked Creek, resting in the Kilbuk-Kuskokwim Mountains 50 miles northeast of Aniak, and 141 miles northeast of Bethel. Falling within the western transitional climate zone, Crooked Creek is characterized by tundra interspersed with boreal forests, and having weather patterns of long, cold winters and shorter, warm summers. The current population is 94 (2018).

Crooked Creek, traditionally Qipcarpak (Central Yup’ik), is primarily an Ingalik Athabascan and Yup’ik village with a reliance on subsistence activities. The Russian explorer, Zagoskin, recorded the name of the creek as Kvikchagpak, meaning “great bend” in Yup’ik. Historically, it was a site used as a summer fish camp by the Kwigiumpainukamuit village.

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