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Shishmaref Travel Guide, Alaska

Shishmaref happens to be a small village located in the state of Alaska, United States of America. It is part of Nome Census Area which covers many neighboring regions of Alaska. It is located on the famous Sarichef Island on the Chukchi Sea.

It is located around 5 miles from the nearest land and is located on the northern side of Bering Strait. It is part of Bering Land Bridge National Preserve.

Shishmaref Travel Guide - Culture

This small village of Shishmaref is still relying on traditional methods of hunting to collect food. Most of the locals come from the historical Inuit tribes that have been prevalent in Northwest Arctic in Alaska, Bering Straits, and North Slope Boroughs.

Some of the food that is preferred by the locals are birds (like ptarmigan), fish, walrus, seals, oogruk, moose, and caribou. Shishmaref is also very famous amongst its neighbors due to the quality of fermented meat and seal oil they sell.

It is also among the friendliest villages in Alaska region due to the great hospitality which the locals show to all the tourists and the researchers that keep visiting this small village.

Shishmaref Travel Guide - Demographics

As per the census of 2000, the population of Shishmaref was around 562 inhabitants that were living in around 142 houses. The village stretches over an area of around 18.8 square kilometers. The per capita income for the locals of Shishmaref is around $10500 which is quiet fare considering the small size of this village.

Shishmaref Travel Guide - Relocation

The authorities are planning to relocate Shishmaref to the nearby Tin Creek Site which is an area on the southern side of Shishmaref. The current site of Shishmaref has been facing weird erosion and climatic problems due to global climate change and hence the authorities have proposed this place for relocation. As of now, they are seeking private, state, and federal help for this relocation.

If you have time, you could also visit Nome, Alaska.

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