“I picked 2 ½ pounds of berries and canned them. We delivered them to Elders alongside our meal service. The kids were always on their best behavior—they showed incredible respect to the Elders.” – Program Staff
Kotlik is located on the east bank of the Kotlik Slough, 35 miles northeast of Emmonak in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, and 165 air miles northwest of Bethel. Falling within the transitional climate zone, Kotlik is characterized by tundra interspersed with boreal forests, and having weather patterns of long, cold winters and shorter, warm summers. The current population is 655 (2018).
Kotlik, traditionally Qerrulliik (Central Yup’ik), is a Yup’ik village practicing fishing, trapping, and subsistence. Residents of Hamilton, a nearby fish camp, also reside in Kotlik. Due to its location and access by large riverboats/barges, Kotlik has become one of the larger ports and commercial centers of the lower Yukon River.