Akiak is a predominately Yupik village located on the west bank of the Kuskokwim River. It is rich in culture with a heavy reliance on subsistence.
Students at the Akiak School in the Yupiit School District are involved in many subsistence activities that take place in a particular season. Students learn at home what is “in” season, how to care for food, and about respecting nature: animals, plants and the environment. The Akiak School supports the culture by preparing subsistence foods to share with elders and families, experiencing the hard work involved in subsistence, and the value of hard work.
The Akiak School also teaches the Yupik language and culture to all grades. The school invites community leaders and local elders to share; cultural values, traditional medicines, food preparation, Qaspeq making, Yuraq (traditional dance), story telling, and subsistence activities. We strive to keep the culture alive in our ever changing world. Please enjoy these photos of the many cultural activities that take place in our school.