Charming rendition on YouTube of the Hallelujah Chorus by the village of Quinhagak in Alaska. They put in 10 hours of work shooting all the scenes (on a weekend nonetheless!!). Hallelujah!
Quinhagak is located 400 miles west of Anchorage, Alaska on the coast of Kuskokwim Bay, which is part of the Bering Sea. The only way into and out of Quinhagak is by plane, there are no roads connecting the village with the state road system. The village is comprised mainly of Yup’ik Eskimos, who still speak the Yup’ik language.
Thirty years ago, Eskimo was the commonly used term for arctic peoples around the globe. Today these peoples in Canada and Greenland are usually designated Inuit, while in Alaska the term Eskimo is still used to distinguish this group from other Native populations.
This population is further subdivided into two groups: the Inupiat (Inupiaq in the singular) for Native Alaskans from the north and northwest, and Yupik and Siberian Yupik for those in the southwest and St. Lawrence Island.
The everyday subsistence life, culture and language of the Eskimos is bound by their unbreakable ties with the sea. The sea mammals (walruses, whales and seals), fish and birds, water currents, ice floes, winds, fog, storms, and tides—-all of this is Eskimo life.