An Eskimo tribe inhabiting the N. W. coast of Alaska from the mouth of Nushagak r. S. W. to teh valley of Ugashik, extending E. to the highlands (Dall in Cont. N. A. Ethnol., 1, 19, 1877). They numbered only 767 in 1890. They dwell on the coast, hunting the walrus and occasionally putting out to sea in pursuit of wales. Although Christians, they retain their native beliefs and customs, resembling their neighbors in dress, except that they use reindeer skins for winter garments. They carve ivory as skillfully as the northern tribes. Subdivisions are the Kiatagmiut, Ugagogmiut, and Ugashigmiut. The villages are Igagik, Ikak, Kingiak, Paugwik, Ugashik, and Unangashik.
Source: Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico, Frederick Webb Hodge, 1907.
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