Chief or the
Shoshanna Huntsman wins Miss
Nanwalek 2011 Saturday night. Elaina
Peterson was crowned Miss
Sweetheart. The pageants are the
Nanwalek Winter Carnival finale, and
attracted nearly the entire village
of 200 people to the community hall.
located at the southern tip of the
Kenai Peninsula, 10 miles southwest
of Seldovia and east of Port Graham.
It lies at approximately 59.356390°
North Latitude and -151.92083° West
Longitude. (Sec. 35, T009S, R016W,
Seward Meridian.) Nanwalek is
located in the Seldovia Recording
District. The area encompasses 8.5
sq. miles of land and 0.0 sq. miles
of water. Winter temperatures range
from 14 to 27; summer temperatures
vary from 45 to 60. Average annual
precipitation is 24 inches.
The village was
originally the site of a Russian
Trading Post called Alexandrovsk. It
was later called "Odinochka,"
meaning "a person living in
solitude." A Russian Orthodox Church
was built in the community in 1870.
In 1930, a replacement Church was
constructed, and it is a designated
national historic site. In 1991,
locals changed the community name of
English Bay to Nanwalek, meaning
"place by lagoon." Many of the
current residents are of mixed
Russian and Sugpiaq (Alutiiq)
lineage. Villagers speak Sugtestun,
a dialect of Eskimo similar to
recognized tribe is located in the
community -- the Native Village of
Nanwalek. 93.2% of the population
are Alaska Native or part Native. Nanwalek
is a traditional Alutiiq village.
Subsistence activities are a large
part of the culture. The sale of
alcohol is banned in the village,
although importing and possession
to Nanwalek is by boat or small
plane, landing on the beach at low
Nanwalek is not accessible by road.
Boats are the primary means of
transportation locally. The State
Ferry provides service to nearby
Seldovia. A State-owned 1,850' long
by 50' wide gravel airstrip is
sale of alcohol is banned in the
village, although importing and
possession are allowed.
provided by Homer Electric