The History of Nightmute

Nightmute is located on Nelson Island, in western Alaska. It is 18 miles upriver from Toksook Bay and 100 miles west of Bethel. It lies at approximately 60 28' N Latitude, 164 44' W Longitude (Sec. 33, T005N, R088W, Seward Meridian). The community is located in the Bethel Recording District. The area encompasses 97 sq. miles of land and 5 sq. miles of water.

Nelson Island has been inhabited by the Qaluyaarmiut, or "dip net people," for 2,000 years. The area was relatively isolated from outside contact, and has kept its traditions and culture. In 1964, many residents moved to Toksook Bay.

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History and map graphic used with permission from the Alaska Department of Community and Economic Development