Nightmute Day 3: Photo Log

Greetings Wide Wild World.

My fingers feel frosty after a 2 degree day, so I’m going to take a break today and share some random pictures that don’t necessarily fit with a narrative.

However, I’m excited to continue writing tomorrow. A glimpse of things to come in the approaching days: a taste of local folklore, deep communal connections among Yup’ik families, conversations with an Outsider who’s since turned Local, and more adventures with cuddly canine companions.

For now, I hope you enjoy some pictures! I dedicate this post to all my friends…without their love and support, this experience would never be. As the final picture reiterates, it’s nice to be known.


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The sunset yesterday made for some cool back lighting on the new school site.


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Pre-dawn on a ridge over Nightmute.


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Pre-dawn elevation over Nightmute.


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The kids made a snowman to keep us company as we worked. Fun fact: that’s not coal, but musk-ox nuggets.


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I’ve made a few trips to the local cemetery. It’s set on a little hill above the town, as though Nightmute’s ancestors are keeping constant watch on the village.


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Sunrise from the graveyard overlooking Nightmute.


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Sunrise by the airport.


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Sunset with a surveyor.


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A reminder of why friends are so great.

Thank you to each of my friends.


© Chasen Cunitz and AKv2v.com, 2017

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