Alaska West is located just up the Kanektok River from the Yupik Eskimo village of Quinhagak. We’re really lucky to have good friends in the village. It’s a unique community, and we’re all there for fundamentally the same reason – incredible, consistent returns of salmon to the Kanektok each year.
During each of our angling weeks at Alaska West, we host Jackie Cleveland, a friend from the village, on a visit to our camp to talk with our guests about life in Quinhagak, the history of the village, and the subsistence-based lifestyle that is still in place there. Jackie also brings with her a variety of handcrafts for sale that are produced by local Yupik artists and craftspeople.
This stuff is beautiful, high-quality and authentic. Fur, ivory, beads and more are used to produce everything from hats to earrings to purses to yo-yos. Many of our guests jump at the chance to purchase a real piece of Alaska from the community that produced it, and support the local people to boot.