Voyage: Nunivak Island, Bering Sea
Apr 07, 2008
Oct 12, 2008
Mekoryuk, with a population of 204, is the only inhabited village on Nunivak Island. Its "backyard" is part of the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. In addition to the reindeer and musk ox that inhabit the island, name your favorite migratory bird and you are likely to see it near Mekoryuk or elsewhere on the island."
Stated another way: Jackie went off and chased the musk ox and I stayed closer to the beach and enjoyed the tundra.
Jackie was successful; so was Jay!
A very fun few hours in the Bering Sea.
"Nunivak Island is home to one of the Earth's most peculiar creatures, which seems to have stepped into the present straight from the Ice Age. The musk ox, known as oomingmak to the Yupik, was indigenous to this region, but was over harvested in the late 1800s. In 1935, musk oxen from Greenland were reintroduced to the island, where a herd of approximately 500 still roams. Today, descendants of the Nunivak Island herd live at the Musk Ox Farm, near Palmer in South Central Alaska. This herd is managed for the harvest of the musk ox's undercoat, known as qiviut. The fiber is processed much like cashmere, spun, then woven into incredibly soft and exceptionally warm scarves, smoke rings, hats, and other garments. Each design is unique to the village where it is woven. This endeavor is an important economic development initiative for this region, whose residents maintain a subsistence culture. It has also helped to preserve and pass down from one generation to the next the traditional ways of the residents.
Where I stayed
Spirit of Oceanus