The History of Kaktovik

Kaktovik lies on the north shore of Barter Island, between the Okpilak and Jago Rivers on the Beaufort Sea coast. It lies in the 19.6-million-acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuse, home to the Porcupine caribou herd. It lies at approximately 70 08' N Latitude, 143 38' W Longitude (Sec. 13, T009N, R033E, Umiat Meridian). The community is located in the Barrow Recording District. The area encompasses 1 sq. miles of land and 0 sq. miles of water.

Until the late nineteenth century the island was a major trade center for the Inupiat and was especially important as a bartering place for Inupiat from Alaska and Inuit from Canada.


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