Our residence was about a thirty minute walk from the space we hosted program and every morning, as we’d come outside to start the journey, there’d already be two kids waiting to meet us at the door. They walked with us to program, which was so impactful.” – Program Staff
Kongiganak is located on the west shore of Kuskokwim Bay, west of the mouth of the Kuskokwim River, and 70 miles southwest of Bethel. Falling within the western transitional climate zone, Kongiganak is characterized by tundra interspersed with boreal forests, and having weather patterns of long, cold winters and shorter, warm summers. The current population is 539 (2018).
Kongiganak, traditionally Kangirnaq (Central Yup’ik) meaning “one like the source [river],” is a Yup’ik village. The community is reliant on fishing and subsistence activities. The village had to relocate during the 1960s because of periodic flooding.