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Three Books on Alakanuk

This week our “Three Books on …” series takes us to the community of Alakanuk. Here is a description of Alakanuk’s location and climate from the Alaska Communities Database:

Alakanuk is located at the east entrance of Alakanuk Pass, the major southern channel of the Yukon River, 15 miles from the Bering Sea. It is part of the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. It lies 8 miles southwest of Emmonak, approximately 162 air miles northwest of Bethel. It is the longest village on the lower Yukon – the development stretches over a 3 mile area along the pass. Approximately 25 homes along the bank are being threatened by erosion. The community lies at approximately 62.688890° North Latitude and -164.615280° West Longitude. (Sec. 14, T030N, R082W, Seward Meridian.) Alakanuk is located in the Bethel Recording District. The area encompasses 32.4 sq. miles of land and 8.7 sq. miles of water. The climate of Alakanuk is subarctic, averaging 60 inches of snowfall and 19 inches of total precipitation per year. Temperatures range from between -25 to 79 °F. Heavy winds are frequent during the fall and winter. The Yukon River is used as an ice road during freeze-up, from November through May.

Looking through WorldCat, we find these three books with Alakanuk as a subject, among others:

Moncrieff, Catherine F. 2007. Traditional ecological knowledge of customary trade of subsistence harvested salmon on the Yukon River. Anchorage, Alaska: Yukon River Drainage Fisheries Association.

Dames & Moore, and Alaska. 1993. Final report: community water, sewer and solid waste master plan for Alakanuk, Alaska. Anchorage, Alaska: Dames & Moore.

Tony, Paul, and Agnes Tony. . Paul and Agnes Tony are interviewed by students of the Alaska Native Studies 401 class at the University of Alaska Fairbanks during the Fall semester of 1987. Alaska Native Elders in residence program collection.

Join us next week as our trek through WorldCat takes us to Alatna.

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