Bethel, a commercial center and medium-draft port on the Kuskokwim River, is the largest bush (rural) community in Alaska. An Eskimo trading center in the 1870s, Bethel is still a marketplace for Eskimo ivory carvings, baskets and other craft items. The town’s Yupik Cultural Center features Native exhibits and demonstrations of dancing and carving. Bethel’s Visitor Center and Museum Annex is called Yugtarvik, meaning “a place for people’s things.” The center offers exhibits of traditional Native tools and clothing, a collection of vintage photos, Native art classes and a gift shop. With daily scheduled air service from Anchorage, Bethel is easily accessible.
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