Village Profile

Kwethluk
Kuiggluk – “Dangerous River”

Ohogamiut

People on the Other Side of River

A place doesn’t need a population to have a rich heritage. Ohogamiut is a seasonal fish camp located on the right bank of the Yukon River. The camp is 22 miles southeast of Marshall.

According to Kenneth Pratt with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the earliest published historical sources for the area of the Yukon River identify Ohogamiut as Ikuagmyut (Zagoskin 1967:276-277 [June 1844]) and Ikuagmiut (Netsvetov 1984:4 [September 1845]). Note also that the village of Ohogamiut on the Kuskokwim was identified by these same early authors as Ukhagmyut [Zagoskin 1967:206 (December 1843)] and “Ukhagmiut” [Netsvetov 1984:6 (November 1845)].

Yukon River elders interviewed by ANCSA researchers from the mid-1970s on have consistently identified the Yukon River site of Ohogamiut as Iquarmiut . This includes Alexander Isaac, a person who was born at that site in 1920. There is some evidence that a site named Qikucaraq once existed at or near present-day Marshall, according to Kenneth.

According to the Ohogamiut Traditional Council, what is now a seasonal fish camp for people from Marshall was once a village. It began with five homes and eventually grew to 20 homes with about 50 residents. According to Elders, the community was eventually abandoned because there was no school nearby. Most of the people moved to Russian Mission and Marshall.

Ohogamiut is only accessible by boat or plane. Its rich wildlife and fish populations make it an excellent area for subsistence. The temperature swings in the area can be drastic because of its transitional climate zone. Temperatures range from -54 °F to 86 °F. The area sees weather patterns of lengthy, cold winters and short, hot summers.

Like many seasonal camps in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Ohogamiut is a special place for families to visit and has become a part of many family traditions and stories.


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