Kivalina is located at the tip of an 8-mile long barrier reef, between
the Chukchi Sea and Kivalina River (80 miles northwest of Kotzebue). The
average low temperature during January is -15 °F, and the average
high during July is 57 °F. Annual precipitation averages 8.6 inches
annually with s 57 inches of snow. The Chukchi Sea is ice-free and open
to boat traffic from mid-June to the first of November. Kivalina has long
been a stopping-off place for seasonal travelers between arctic coastal
areas and Kotzebue Sound communities. It is the only village between Wales
and Point Hope where people hunt bowhead whales. Alaska Natives comprise
over 97% of the population.
Bowers, Peter M. ; Turney, John H. ; Reger, Douglas. 1980. Report of Archeological Investigations in the Vicinity of the Proposed Noatak and Kivalina Water Systems to the U.S. Public Health Service. Alaska. Office of Statewide Cultural Programs. Ann Arbor, MI.: University Microfilms International.
Burch, Ernest S. 1985. Subsistence Production in Kivalina, Alaska
: a Twenty-year Perspective. Juneau, AK : Division of Subsistence,
Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game.
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