The Eastern Arctic Seas Encyclopedia

2016 Edition
| Editors: Igor S. Zonn, Andrey G. Kostianoy, Aleksandr V. Semenov


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Selawik – a city in Northwest Arctic Borough, Alaska, USA. It is located at the mouth of the Selawik River where it empties into Selawik Lake, about 112 km southeast of Kotzebue. S. is near the Selawik National Wildlife Refuge, a breeding and resting area for migratory waterfowl. A Lt. Lavrenty Zagoskin of the Imperial Russian Navy first reported the village in the 1840s as “Chilivik.” In 1880, Ivan Petrov counted 100 “Selawigamute” people. Today population is of 850 (2014).

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