Cultural boundaries

There are so many different cultures in the State of Alaska.   I live in a smaller hub community called Bethel.   As small as Bethel is, there are many cultures that can be found here.   The Native people from Bethel are mostly Yup’ik Eskimo.   There are also Athabaskan Indian, Inupiaq, Lower 48 Indians, Cup’ik Eskimo’s, Tlingit, and Haida Natives that live in Bethel.   Along with the Native population, there are also Caucasians, African-Americans, Mexicans, and many other races that can be found.   Bethel has a fairly small population, there are under 7,000 people who live here.   Although the people are predominantly Yup’ik, the people co-exist.   Regardless of race, many people participate in subsistence activities, or eat Native food.   Many people who are not Native to this region have made Bethel their home.   There are many values like respect, cooperation, sharing, caring, and helping that help to bond people across cultural boundaries. Some people come and live in Bethel for a year or two and leave, but there are those that make the community what it is, and are here to stay.

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