NOTE: Map is reprinted with permission from Travel Alaska (travelalaska.com) and Alaska Native Heritage Center (alaskanative.net); edited text is courtesy of Travel Alaska. IÑUPIAQ & ST. LAWRENCE ISLAND YUPIK The Iñupiaq and the St. Lawrence Island Yupik people call themselves the “Real People.” Their homeland covers Alaska’s northern Arctic region, remote and diverse, and accessible primarily by plane. Filled with an amazing array of wildlife and a landscape ranging from coastline to tundra, Alaska Natives here rely on subsistence. SUGPIAQ & UNANGAX The southwest region’s coastal communities and archipelago are defined by rugged shoreline and terrain. Having long depended on the sea for survival, water is central to the Unangax̂ and Sugpiaq way of life. Their homeland stretches from Prince William Sound to Kodiak Island and along the 1,200-mile-long Aleutian Islands Chain. TLINGIT, HAIDA, EYAK, & TSIMSHIAN The southeastern panhandle is home to the Tlingit, Haida, Eyak, and Tsimshian.…
Yup’ik culture bearer and musician Qacung Blanchett received numerous notable recognitions in late 2021 and early 2022.
Indigenous people across Alaska used grass to weave baskets that are both masterpieces of art and useful tools.
A Yup’ik college student discovered an environmentally friendly way to use microbes to extract valuable rare earth elements.
An atasuaq is a tiny parka made with bird skins that Yup’ik mothers would use to keep their infants warm.
Golga Oscar, a Yup’ik artist from Kasigluk, blends traditional and contemporary material. He made a sealskin medicine bag over a month during the pandemic.