Selawik

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  • Location: 66 ° 36' 14" N, 160 ° 0' 25" W
  • Region: Northwest Arctic
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About
population 348, on left bank of Selatwik River, 44 mi. NE of Elephant Point; Kotzebue-Kobuk Low.

History
Eskimo village or tribe reported in 1842-44 by Lieutenant L. A. Zagoskin, Imperial Russian Navy (IRN), who spelled it "Chilivik." 1880 U.S. Census lists the Selawik people, i.e., "Selawigamute", as numbering 100. village was 274; 227 in 1930; 239 in 1939; and 273 in 1950. Selawik post office was established in 1930 (Ricks, 1965, p. 56). The people and the village probably took their name from the nearby lake or river.

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