on our way to the village
we fly over the Books Range
soon we are airborne
a rainbow over the mountains
we have to leave, the plane is waiting
these kids have a fantastic playing ground
a view of the village
the main crossing
The Nunamiut were
semi-nomadic Caribou hunters that hit hard times in the second half of the 19th century when diseases and a decline in caribou population
forced many to migrate to coastal areas.
A century later some families returned and settled in Anaktuvuk. The name Anaktuvuk
means "place of Caribou droppings".
Caribou and the occasional unfortunate moose still provide most of the meat for the villagers
who make an income from hunting, guiding and making clothes from caribou hides.
There are no roads to Anaktuvuk, access
is by small planes or snowcats in winter. The community has a small school, a church, a health clinic and a volunteer fire brigade.
Alcohol is banned in town.
The village's postoffice is recognized as the most isolated one in the whole USA.
2007 we flew from Coldfoot Camp to Anaktuvuk, had an interesting tour and chat with the locals and then flew back to Fairbanks.
at the Coltfoot airstrip: here comes our plane
the terminal building at Anaktuvuk
landing at Fairbanks
one of the older houses