Yup’ik and Cup’ik

Yup'ik and Cup'ik

Photo: Traditional clothing in Gambell. Alaska State Library,  Wien Collection, AMRC – b85-27-1230

The southwest Alaskan Natives are named after the two main dialects of the Yup’ik language, known as Yup’ik and Cup’ik are commonly referred to as Eskimos. The Yup’ik and Cup’ik depend heavily upon subsistence fishing, hunting, and gathering for food. Elders tell stories of traditional ways of life as a way to teach  younger generations survival skills and their heritage.