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#FocusWesternAK: Noorvik

Noorvik, AK. Photo: Lauren Frost/KNOM

Noorvik (Nuurviuk in Inupiaq) is located just above the Arctic Circle, on the right bank of the Nazuruk Channel of the Kobuk River, and downriver from the Kobuk Valley National Park. Its name means “place that is moved to.” Original settlers came from Deering and Oksik.

This November, I got a chance to capture Noorvik’s tall trees, icy waters, and brilliant blue skies. It’s a place that’s outside of KNOM’s range, but I can tell that the residents of Noorvik share many of the values and traditions held dear by our listeners across the Bering Strait region and beyond.

You can get a glimpse of Noorvik’s beauty for yourself, by clicking through the photo gallery below.

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