The company’s owner, Kunniak Hopson, moved to Chugiak 11 years ago from Utqiaġvik, which she calls Barrow. When she was growing up, her family always put McCormick’s Salt ‘n Spice on maktak, which is frozen whale blubber and skin. But McCormick’s stopped making it and she had to find an alternative.
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.
Spring Creek Correctional Center has a unique legal internal economy. The inmates run a prison store that sells food, hygiene items and clothing. Profits from the store stay inside the facility and are divided up between nine different funds, including one that provides equipment for the hobby shop.
Most of the year, Dillingham’s boatyards are peaceful parking lots. They transform entirely for just a couple short weeks before the sockeye salmon run in early June and at the end of the season in late July. Fishermen flood into Bristol Bay from around the globe, creating a diverse itinerant community complete with vendors hawking their wares.
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.