Point Hope

Tikiġaq

Tikiġaq, or Point Hope is located on the western coast of the Arctic Slope region. Scientific studies confirm Tikiġaq is the longest continually inhabited area in North America. The Iñupiat came to this area to hunt Bowhead whales some 2,500 years ago.

Visiting Point Hope you will learn about Old Tigara, Jabbertown and Ipiutak, a prehistoric site that was inhabitated around 600 BC. Ipiutak and the surrounding archaeological district are on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition to the prehistoric village sites, there are old burial grounds in the area including a cemetery marked by large whale bones standing on end. Erosion and a threat of storm flooding from the Chukchi Sea led to its relocation to higher ground in the mid 1970s.

Tikiġaq Corporation is the Village Corporation established pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Act of 1971. Tikiġaq Corporation owns approximately 138,000 acres of surface lands in and around the community. This village corporation is diversified in construction, engineering, logistics and environmental services.

The community comes together in the summer to celebrate Qagruġvik, the feast held at the end of a successful whaling season. Other cultural activities include boating, camping, fishing, hunting, and native arts and crafts.

Contacts

City of Point Hope
P.O. Box 169
Point Hope, AK 99766
Phone 907-368-2537
Fax 907-368-2835

Tikiġaq Corporation
P.O. Box 9
Point Hope, AK 99766,
Phone 907-368-2235
Fax 907-368-2668
www.tikigaq.com

Native Village of Point Hope
P.O. Box 109
Point Hope, AK 99766,
Phone 907-368-2330
Fax 907-368-2332

PO BOX 129 BARROW AK 99723 (907) 852-8633