Alakanuk is a Yup’ik word meaning “wrong way,” aptly applied to a village on this maze of watercourses. The village was first reported by G.R. Putnam of the U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey in 1899. It was originally settled by a Yup’ik shaman named Anguksuar and his family. A Catholic mission school was built near the village. A post office was established in 1946. In 1948, the school was relocated to St. Mary’s, and many families moved from the old school site to Alakanuk. It incorporated as a second-class city in 1969. A tie-line was built between Alakanuk and Emmonak and four wind turbines were installed in Emmonak that will eventually provide renewable energy to both communities after the power plant and bulk fuel tank farms are upgraded.
Alakanuk post office.
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