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“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Eskimo, Central Yupik West Alaskan of United States

People Group Info

Total Population: 25,000

ROP3 Code: 110751
IMB Affinity Group: American Peoples
Affinity Bloc: North American Peoples
People Cluster: Inuit
Language: Central Yupik - (esu)
Religion: Christianity
Country of Origin: United States

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Majority Located Where

  Bethel, AK - 3,900

  Dillingham, AK - 1,240

  Hooper Bay, AK - 1,080

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Brief Profile

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 Yupik are three indigenous peoples who live along the coast of western Alaska: the Central Yupik West Alaskan Eskimo, the Pacifc Yupik Eskimo, and the St. Lawrence Island Eskimo.

With the above in mind, the Central Yupik West Alaskan Eskimo people are a Yupik people who reside on the Yukon-Kuskokwim delta and along the Kuskokwim River.

The majority of their population resides in over 70 villages. The population of each village varies with some being relatively small (only a dozen or so people) while others are larger (with a thousand or so). Evangelical presence in the villages also varies, with some having a few evangelicals while others having no evangelicals and no one intentionally seeking to plant an evangelical church.

For over one hundred years, the Russian Orthodox Church has been present among the people. Russian Orthodox missionaries first resided among them and allowed them to maintain their traditional beliefs resulting in their religion being a mixture of Christian and traditional beliefs.

Today, Russian Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism, the Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) are present in several of the larger populated communities. Moreover, indigenous beliefs are being revitalized. Consequently, there are still very few evangelicals Christians and churches among the Central Yupik West Alaskan Eskimo.

Prayer Points

  • Pray that God will send evangelical Christians to live among and share the message of Christ.
  • Pray that evangelical Christians will boldly share a relevant and contextualized message.


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