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“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Eskimo, Alaska Inupiat, Northwest of United States


People Group Info

Total Population: 6,685

ROP3 Code: 107471
IMB Affinity Group: American Peoples
Affinity Bloc: North American Peoples
People Cluster: Inuit
Language: Northwest Alaska Inupiatun - (esk)
Religion: Christianity - Orthodox
Country of Origin: United States

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  , AK - 6,400

  , AK - 150

  , AK - 135

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Brief Profile

The Northwest Alaska Inupiat Eskimo people, also known as the Seward Peninsula Inupiat) are an Alaskan Native American people who reside in Northwest Alaska. The Inupiat people are a cluster of Inupiat people organized into two dialect people: the North Alaska Inpuiat Eskimo people and the Northwest Alaska Inupiat Eskimo people.

The two main peoples known as "Eskimo" are: (1) the Inuit (Canada) or Inupiat (Northern Alaska), and the (2) Yupik of Greenland, and eastern Siberia and Alaska.

The Northwest Alaska Inupiat consist of:

  1. Bering Strait: spoken on King Island and the Diomede Islands and in the villages north of Nome, subdivided into: Diomede (tribe: Ingalikmiut), Wales (tribes: Kinikmiut, Tapqagmiut), King Island (tribe: Ukiuvanmiut).
  2. Qawiaraq: spoken in Teller, near the original village of Qawiaraq, and in the villages south of Nome as far as Unalakleet, subdivided into: Teller (tribes: Siñgagmiut, Qaviaragmiut) Fish River (tribe: Igaluinmiut)

Due the to the long Russian influence, the Northwest Alaska Inupiat Eskimo are Russian Orthodox.

Prayer Points

  • Pray that God will send people to minister to both their physical and spiritual needs in the isolated locations that they reside.
  • Pray God will work in their hearts and minds to know and understand the truth in Jesus Christ.


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