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Village Health Clinic, Selawik Alaska by Ella Derbyshire

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Ella Derbyshire Ella Derbyshire
Explore score
0.09 Gigapixels
Date added
Aug 29, 2008
Date taken
Aug 27, 2008

Nikon D80's


Selawik is a native Alaskan community with a population of about 1000. It is located on the Arctic Circle in Alaska's Northwest Arctic Burough.

Most of the people here are Inupiat, and many of them practice subsistence lifestyles. It is late summer and the long days of summer are ending as the tundra dons its fall colors. The blueberries are getting too soft to pick, and we will soon be harvesting the cranberries People are putting up their meat staples: caribou and moose. There are nets for salmon across the rivers at the fishing camps.

The Selawik Clinic in the center of the image is part of Maniilaq Association's network of village clinics, one for each of our 10 villages, and one clinic in Point Hope, which is in the North Slope Burough. Next Spring, the Selawik Clininc will be replaced by a new building on the island between Selawik's bridges.

The Selawik School is on the left side of the panorama. Young people attend pre-kindergarden to grade 12 there. School sports and school-sponsored events are well attended in the villages. Wrestling and basketball are especially popular.

The windmills on the right side of the image supply power to this village which is off any major power grid. Electricity is also generated by burning fossil fuels. With no roads or power lines connecting our villages, they must remain quite self-sufficient despite the harsh environment.

The 17 images for this panorama were captured with a Nikon D80 and stitched with Autopano Pro. Have a look around to get a glimpse of life in a northern Alaskan village.

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