group of indigenous peoples of Alaska and the Russian Far East

The Yupik (in the Central Alaskan Yup'ik language, Yup'ik, plural Yupiit) people are a group of native people who mainly live in certain parts of Alaska, somewhere near Fairbanks. The 1918 influenza pandemic killed many of the indigenous people in Alaska.[1] Many died during famines and the culture suffered when the Soviet government made villagers move.[2] Some of the Yupi'k people's traditions are celebrating the dead. They celebrate by having ceremonies with a shaman, where they connect with the dead. They also name the next child born after the most recent person who has died.

Total population
24,000 (2000 U.S. Census)
Regions with significant populations
Yupik languages, English (in Alaska), Russian (in Siberia)
Christianity (mostly Russian Orthodox), Shamanism
Related ethnic groups
Inuit, Sirenik, Aleut, Siberian Yupik, Alutiiq, Naukan


  1. "100 years ago, Spanish flu devastated Alaska Native villages". Peninsula Clarion. June 22, 2018. Retrieved July 21, 2020.
  2. Ludmila Ainana; Tatiana Achirgina-Arsiak; Tasian Tein. "Yupik (Asiatic Eskimo)". Smithsonian Alaska Native Collections. Archived from the original on June 10, 2020. Retrieved July 21, 2020.