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Toksook Bay, Alaska

Yup'ik Eskimos

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Flying into Toksook BayThe villageYup'ik EskimosGetting around in Toksook 400 miles to RussiaBraiding fishDrying grass for next seasonTomcodDried fish for the winterTundra berriesA barge arriving in ToksookToksook's ClinicParting shot

Yup'ik Eskimos

Our crew was befriended by Antone Pitka while taking photos in the village. Almost all of the 550 residents are Yup'ik Eskimos (plural: Yupiit). The Yupiit are a group of indigenous peoples of western, southwestern, and south-central Alaska. "Yup'ik" comes from the Yup'ik word "yuk," meaning "person," plus "-pik" meaning "real" or "genuine."

Photo Essay

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