Quinhagak took a big step to redraft its cultural narrative this month with the opening of the largest museum collection of Yup’ik artifacts in the world, located off the of the Bering Sea coast. The village has been regaining pre-contact cultural knowledge, leading to a deeper understanding of its Yup’ik heritage.
The village of Napakiak received $449,000 in federal funding Thursday that could help them respond to the “imminent threat” of climate change. Napakiak’s shoreline is eroding at an alarming rate, even by Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta standards.
Quinhagak’s new museum is home to 60,000 artifacts, the largest collection of pre-contact Yup’ik artifacts in the world. The opening was the culmination of nine years of back-breaking work, and the result of a unique partnership between Quinhagak’s village corporation and archaeologists.
The world’s largest collection of Yup’ik artifacts finally has arrived home in Quinhagak on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta coast. After shipping delays in Europe, the Nunalleq artifacts have returned in time for the community’s museum opening.