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Wales is located on Cape Prince of Wales, at the western tip of the Seward Peninsula, 111 miles northwest of Nome. Average summer temperatures range from 40-50 °F; winter temperatures range from -10 to 6 °F. Annual precipitation is 10 inches, including 35 inches of snow. Frequent fog, wind and blizzards limit access to Wales.

Wales became a major whaling center due to its location along the migratory routes, and it was the region's largest and most prosperous village, with more than 500 residents. The influenza epidemic in 1918-19 claimed the lives of many of Wales' finest whalers. Wales has a strong traditional whaling culture. The current population is approximately 154.

The economy of Wales is based on subsistence hunting and fishing, trapping, Native arts and crafts, and some mining. A private reindeer herd is managed out of Wales by local residents. Whales, walrus, polar bear, moose, salmon, and other fish are utilized. Whalers hunt the bowhead whale during the spring when the begins to break up.

Bibliography:
Dumond, Don E. and Collins, Henry Bascom. 2000. Henry B. Collins at Wales, Alaska, 1936: a Partial Description of Collections. Eugene, OR: University of Oregon, Museum of Natural History.

Kanguk. 1939. Kanguk: a Boy of Bering Strait / as told to William Albee. Boston, MA: Little,Brown & Co.

Harritt, Roger K. 1994. Eskimo Prehistory on the Seward Peninsula, Alaska. Anchorage, AK: U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Alaska Regional Office.

Jenness, Diamond. 1928. Archaeological Investigations in Bering Strait. Ottawa: F. A. Acland.

Lopp, Ellen Louise Kittredge; Lopp, William Thomas; Smith, Kathleen Lopp; and Smith, Verbeck. 2001. Ice Window: Letters from a Bering Strait Village, 1892-1902. Fairbanks, AK: University of Alaska Press.

Thornton, H.R., Thornton, N.S.P., & Thornton, W.M. 1931. Among the Eskimos of Wales, Alaska, 1890-93. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press.

Weather:
http://www.weather.com/weather/cities/us_ak_wales.html
From the weather channel

http://www.weather.com/weather/cities/us_AK_wales.html
From Weather.com



Sea Ice:

http://polar.wwb.noaa.gov/seaice/alaska.html
Sea Ice conditions for AK, images from the last 14 days

http://polar.wwb.noaa.gov/seaice/ak.html#click
Sea ice map from NOAA

http://polar.wwb.noaa.gov/seaice/Forecasts.html
Sea Ice forecast models for AK - 1 through 6 day forecasts

Community:
http://www.dced.state.ak.us/mra/CF_CIS.cfm
From AK Dept. of Community and Economic Development

http://www.yukonpresbytery.com/YukonPresbytery/Northwest/Wales.htm
History of the Presbyterian Church in Wales, AK

http://www.kawerak.org/village/wales/wales.html
Wales section of Kawerak

http://www.unr.edu/artsci/oralhist/ohweb/Wales/home.htm
Wales site

http://borealis.lib.uconn.edu/ArcticCircle/HistoryCulture/Sickness/sickness.html
Information on the influenza epidemic that devistated Wales in the early 20th century

www.bssd.org/Pages/schools/sites/WAA/wales.htm
Kingikmiut School

http://www.beringsea.com/cgi-bin/comm.pl?community=Wales
Information about Wales from beringsea.com