“Communities have started to understand that we aren’t just there to play with kids—we honestly want to be vulnerable, to put in the work that’s needed to build trust and build real, respectful relationships.” – Melanie, Interim Director of Program Services
White Mountain is located on the west bank of the Fish River near the head of Golovin Lagoon, on the Seward Peninsula, about 63 miles east of Nome. Falling within the transitional climate zone, White Mountain is characterized by tundra interspersed with boreal forests, and having weather patterns of long, cold winters and shorter, warm summers. The current population is 194 (2018).
White Mountain, traditionally Nasirvik (Iñupiaq) meaning “lookout place,” is a Kawerak village where subsistence activities are prevalent. Historically, it was a site for the Inupiat fish camp of Nutchirviq due to the bountiful resources of the Fish and Niukluk Rivers. White Mountain’s population grew after the influx of prospectors during the gold rush in the 1900s.