Arctic Village

Nestled just above the Arctic Circle on the Chandalar River, Arctic Village has been used historically as a rest area for the nomadic Neets'ai Gwichin tribe. The tiny village is not incorporated as a city, and shares its village council with the nearby village of Venetie. The local economy is highly dependent on subsistence hunting of caribou, moose, waterfowl, fish, sheep, and porcupine.

Most of the local people are employed by the schools, stores, or village council of Arctic Circle. The only way to access this remote community year round is by airplane, and often ice fog makes air travel impossible. The village experiences basically two seasons: an extended, subzero winter, and a short, temperate summer. It is not uncommon for temperatures in the winter to reach 60-70 below zero.

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