“One kid struggled to control his temper. In the Peace Space he told me that he wished he could be a lion. I told him that he could be one, but that he needed to roar away his anger and move on. He agreed, so I made him a lion’s mane. He roared once, got up, and was fine the rest of the day.” – Program Staff
Lower Kalskag is located on the north bank of the Kuskokwim River, 2 miles downriver from Upper Kalskag, and 89 miles northeast of Bethel. Falling within the western transitional climate zone, Lower Kalskag is characterized by tundra interspersed with boreal forests, and having weather patterns of long, cold winters and shorter, warm summers. The current population is 275 (2018).
Lower Kalskag, traditionally Qalqaq (Central Yup’ik), is a Yup’ik village with Russian Orthodox influence. The community relies on fishing and subsistence activities.