The village was originally called "Kwiguk," a Yup'ik word meaning "big stream." Villagers call themselves "Kuigpagmuit," or "people from the Yukon River."
Emmonak is located at the mouth of the Yukon River, 10 miles from the Bering Sea, on the north bank of Kwiguk Pass. It lies 120 air miles northwest of Bethel and 490 air miles from Anchorage, in the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. See a larger map of Emmonak
Emmonak is a Yup'ik Eskimo village involved in commercial fishing, processing and subsistence activities. Residents of Chuloonawick, a nearby fish camp, also live in Emmonak. Emmonak Village, a federally-recognized tribe, is located in the community. Find out more about Emmonak, Alaska
Emmonak experiences a seasonal economy as a center for commercial fishing, purchasing and processing on the lower Yukon River. Yukon Delta Fish Marketing Co-op and Bering Sea Fisheries process and export salmon from Emmonak.
Subsistence activities, trapping and public assistance support income. The majority of the community travels to fish camps during the summer months to dry salmon for winter use. Moose, beluga whale, seal and waterfowl are also utilized.
This study is being done as part of a larger project which focuses on local traditional knowledge (LTK) in six Bering Sea communities: Akutan, St. Paul, Togiak, Nelson Island, Emmonak, and Savoonga. Some of the main research goals are: