The village of Gambell is located on the northwest cape of St. Lawrence Island, at the base of Sevuokuk Mountain. At 58 km (36 miles) from the Chukchi Peninsula in the Russian Far East, this island is nearer to Russia than it is to mainland Alaska. St. Lawrence Island is about 145 km (90 miles) long and 13-36 km (8-22 miles) wide. It is thought to be a remnant of the Bering Land Bridge. The Yupik name for St. Lawrence Island and Gambell is Sivuqaq.
Its population of around 800 is more than 95% Yupik. Residents speak St. Lawrence Island Yupik. The self-governing authority is the Native Village of Gambell. St. Lawrence Island has no trees, only the woody Arctic Willow which grow no taller than 30 cm (1 foot) high. Access is by plane and by boat.
- Date:Sep 2012
- Labeled:Pilot Phase Final Report