Eskimo, Alaska Inupiat, North of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 36,170

ROP3 Code: 107396
IMB Affinity Group: American Peoples
Affinity Bloc: North American Peoples
People Cluster: Inuit
Language: North Alaskan Inupiatun - (esi)
Religion: Christianity
Country of Origin: United States

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Majority Located Where

  Ilaquit, NU - 4,000

  Barrow, AK - 2,400

  Kotzebue, AK - 2,270

  Point Hope, AK - 580

  Kivalina, AK - 365

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Brief Profile

The North Alaska Inupiat Eskimo people are a Alaskan Native American people who reside in Northwest Alaska and in Canada. In Canada they are known as the Eskimo, Inuktitut. The Inupiat people are a cluster of Inupiat people organized into two dialect people: the North Alaska Inupiat 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.

Their Inupiat dialect is spoken south of Kivalina and around Kotzebue, along the Kobuk River and at the head of the Norton Sound, in Koyuk and Unalakleet. They consist of:

  • Malimiutun, which is subdivided into: Kobuk and Kotzebue
  • North Slope: spoken along the Arctic coast as far south as Kivalina. It is subdivided into: Common North Slope, Point Hope, and Anaktuvuk Pass

They adhere to Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, and traditional ethnic beliefs. Protestant congregations are located in Kotzebue, including Assembly of God, Church of Christ, and a non-denominational congregation. The Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) is also present in Kotzebue. A Episcopal Church is in the small town of Kivalina.

Prayer Points

  • Pray 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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