in the Bethel Census Area
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- Pronunciation/Other Names
- (tun too too' lee ack); abbr. Tunt
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Facilities and Amenities
Geography and Climate
- Tuntutuliak is on the Qinaq River, approximately 3 miles from its confluence with the Kuskokwim River and about 40 miles from the Bering Sea coast. It lies 40 miles southwest of Bethel and 440 miles west of Anchorage.
- Tuntutuliak's summer temperatures average from 42 to 62 °F, and winter temperatures average -2 to 19 °F. Extremes have been recorded from 86 to -46 °F. Annual precipitation averages 16 inches, with 50 inches of snow.
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- Sq Mi Land
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History and Culture
- The village's Yup'ik name is Tuntutuliaq, meaning "place of many reindeer." It was originally located four miles to the east and called Qinaq, as noted in 1879 by Edward Nelson, who noted 175 residents at that time. In 1908, a Moravian missionary visited the village and reported 130 people living there. In 1909 a BIA school was built, and the first teacher was well-liked in the community. Due to lack of confidence in the subsequent teachers, the school was closed in 1917, and the building moved to the village of Eek. It is thought that some Qinaq villagers may have moved to Eek, so their children could attend school. In 1923 the first Moravian chapel was built with lumber and other support from Eek. In the late 1920s, a trading post and store was opened by John Johnson. The community moved to its present site on higher ground and was renamed Tuntutuliak in 1945. The BIA built a school in 1957. A post office opened in 1960.
- It is a traditional Yup'ik Eskimo village with a fishing and subsistence lifestyle. Salmon and seal are important food sources. Children are taught in Yup'ik until the third grade and then classes are taught in English.
- Federally Recognized Tribe
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- Native Village of Tuntutuliak
- Local Option Restrictions
- Ban sale, importation, and possession of alcohol.
- Tuntutuliak relies on air transportation for passengers, mail, and cargo service. A state-owned e gravel runway and a public seaplane base on the Qinaq River are available. Barge services deliver goods approximately six times a year. Boats and snow machines are used for local travel. Winter trails are marked to Kipnuk (77 mi), Toundra (60 mi), and Kongiganak (29 mi).
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