Kobuk

COMMUNITY INFORMATION

LOCATION

Kobuk, or Laugviik in Iñupiaq, is located on the north bank of the Kobuk River, 10 miles upriver of Shungnak and 128 air miles northeast of Kotzebue.


THE PEOPLE

The 1970 census listed a population of 56 people in Kobuk, representing nine extended families. By 1990 the population had almost doubled to 97 individuals. The current population is between 151. More than 90 percent of Kobuk residents are Iñupiaq Eskimos.


representing nine extended families. By 1990 the population had almost doubled to 97 individuals. The current population is between 151. More than 90 percent of Kobuk residents are Iñupiaq Eskimos.


ECONOMY

The Kobuk economy is based on a traditional subsistence lifestyle. Major food sources include caribou, moose and whitefish. The only year-round employers in Kobuk are the Northwest Arctic Borough School District, the City of Kobuk and Maniilaq Association. Collectively they employ about 12 percent of Kobuk’s adult population. Construction and Bureau of Land Management firefighting provides seasonal income for some residents.

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