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The images in each photo gallery may be viewed individually or as a slide show. Some of the images are downloadable as high resolution JPG files. National Park Service photos are in the public domain. If you use one of our pictures, please always credit the photographer and the National Park Service.

Reindeer Bridge of Beringia (9 Images)
Reindeer are not native to Alaska. In the late 1800s, the coming of reindeer and reindeer herding to Alaska created a cultural bridge that forever connected four Indigenous Arctic Peoples: the Chukchi, the Inupiaq, the Saami, and the Yup'ik.
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Native Festivals (55 Images)
The cultural tradition of dance festivals and trade fairs goes back thousands of years. After successful harvest of subsistence resources always comes a time to celebrate. In Alaska and Chukotka these cultural gatherings provide Native people an opportunity to share their customs and traditions with youth and with visitors from other communities and regions.
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Flowers and Plants (46 Images)
In the Arctic, spring comes fast and the growing season is short. Plants and flowers bloom bright using the full potential of the increasing sunlight and warmth. During this time the Arctic tundra is a colorful mosaic of flowering species. In the fall flowers are replaced with multihued shades of fall foliage.
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Subsistence (28 Images)
"Subsistence is a way that Native peoples of Alaska have preserved their cultures," said Helga Eakon, Inupiaq Eskimo. Living off the land has always been the lifestyle of the inhabitants of Beringia. The land and sea provide all that is necessary to survive and live in harmony with their environment.
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Landscapes and Nature (60 Images)
Arctic landscapes surprise their visitors with their fragile beauty. The dramatic extremes of winter and summer scenery are abundant and diverse.
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Beringia Days Conference (29 Images)
The Beringia Days Conference is an international forum that celebrates the Beringian cultural and natural heritage shared by Russia and the United States. The conference brings together scientists, government officials, Native leaders, artists, educators, and students from both countries and provides an opportunity to share, learn and exchange ideas about international projects on subsistence, conservation, biodiversity, climate change, heritage, and the future of the Beringia region.
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Wildlife (31 Images)
Ten to twenty thousand years ago the climate conditions on the Bering land bridge favored megafauna - super-large animals, such as woolly mammoth, mastodon, Arctic camel, Jefferson ground sloth, and giant beaver. Today Beringia lands and waters continue to support Arctic wildlife: muskoxen, bison, caribou, moose, polar bears, walrus, seals, whales, and numerous other mammals, as well as various fish and bird species.
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Arts and Crafts (32 Images)
The traditions and skills of creating colorful crafts are passed from generation to generation. These works of art reflect the Native spirit and knowledge of the land. Local materials, such as animal fur, skin, and bones, walrus tusk, and traded beads are used to create the masterpieces.
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Youth exchanges (4 Images)
Alaska and Chukotka, the United States and Russia - we are so close and yet a world apart. Over the past 20 years, youth from Chukotka, Russia and Alaska, USA have traveled across the Bering Strait to participate in cultural exchanges. Young people, both Alaskans and Chukotkans, are eager to meet, learn, and exchange ideas in order to protect their shared environment and unique cultural heritage and become leaders in their respective communities.
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Communities (32 Images)
People have inhabited the remote Beringia region for thousands of years. For their permanent settlements they chose places convenient to the subsistence grounds, and often modern Native communities are located in the places that once served as subsistence camps. Some communities have been only recently established as people were forced to move by the government or effects of the warming of the earth's atmosphere. Swept by the cold winds, these isolated settlements are home to the Yupik and Inupiat Eskimo and Chukchi.
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Last Updated: September 11, 2013