“My partner is Alaska Native, and she’s able to translate Yup’ik for youth when they’re out delivering meals to Elders. As this language barrier falls away, I realize that I’m watching my partner building bridges between generations.” – Taylor, Program Staff
Napakiak is located on the north bank of the Kuskokwim River, approximately 10 miles downriver of Bethel. Falling within the transitional climate zone, Napakiak is characterized by tundra interspersed with boreal forests, and having weather patterns of long, cold winters and shorter, warm summers. The current population is 370 (2018).
Napakiak, traditionally Naparyarraq (Central Yup’ik), is primarily a Yup’ik village reliant on subsistence and fishing activities.