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About ArcticWays.com



ArcticWays.com is a grassroots effort within the Alaskan interior aimed at:

     1.   Sharing our native Athabascan culture and our respect for the earth with others;
     2.   building an economy that is environmentally and culturally sustainable within our
           remote villages; and
     3.   promoting the practice and preservation of our cultural traditions.


     The Yukon Flats are the traditional lands of the Gwich’in and Koyukon Athabascan peoples whose current population is estimated at 1,210 (US Census 2000). These traditional lands encompass 35 million acres of critical wetland habitat dominated by the Yukon River with the Brooks Range to the north and the White Mountains to the south.

     The seasons and the land still dictate local activities and the dominant subsistence livelihood. Locally harvested moose, caribou, bear, sheep, salmon, whitefish, grayling, ducks, geese, ptarmigan, rabbit, and berries comprise the majority of the local diet. The subsistence lifestyle serves as a mainstay in supporting cultural norms, practices, and language. Trapping is a practice that provides food, income, and clothing during the winter months. Bush plane, river boat, and snow machine are the only methods of travel in the region, there are no roads.

     ArcticWays.com provides an opportunity for local artists to utilize their traditional skills within this remote region to provide cash income to compliment their subsistence lifestyle. Through ArcticWays.com artists are able to reach new markets for their arts and crafts. With success, this effort will touch the lives of dozens of artists and their families, allowing them to continue to live a traditional subsistence lifestyle within a global economy.

     ArcticWays.com is a joint project of the Philadelphia University and the Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments, with essential logistical support provided by the Numi Group, of Fairbanks.

     The project includes a number of other dedicated Partners, among them: GCI.com, the Arctic Village Local Council, the City of Nulato, the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Management, the Yukon Flats School District and the Yukon-Koyukuk School District..