The Naukan Yupik are an Eskimo people who live in northeast Siberia along the Bering Sea. They make their living by fishing salmon and harvesting sea mammals like seals, walruses and whales. There is archeological evidence that shows that they have lived this way for 10,000 years. Slowly the modern world is changing the Naukan Yupik's lives. Snowmobiles are replacing dogsleds and their cone shaped tents are giving way to modern homes with electricity and diesel oil. High-powered rifles are used to hunt animals rather than spears and harpoons.
Russian is becoming the primary language of the Naukan Yupik. The Naukan Yupik language is seriously endangered. There are only about 70 living speakers, all over 40 years old. Unless drastic measures are taken, in a few years the Naukan Yupik language will become another one of the dead languages of Siberia.
The Naukan Yupik live in the Russian Far East along the Bering Sea.
The Naukan Yupik still live a semi-nomadic lifestyle following the salmon and sea mammals. Some of them who do not live on the immediate coast raise caribou. These Yupik migrate along with their caribou herds. Most of the Yupik's diet consists of meat, blubber, fish and whatever berries and edible plants they can gather during Siberia's short summers. They are also now able to trade their surplus of salmon and animal skins for necessities like canned goods, electricity and diesel oil for heating their homes in the long, very cold winters.
Village elders make the important decisions and for the people. Most Yupik consult a shaman before seeking out modern medical help.
Most of the Yupik cling to their ancient folk religion. Good and evil spirits inhabit all aspects of nature. The Yupik pray and make an offering to the sea before taking any seals, walruses and whales. Parts of the animals are returned to the sea so that the animals taken by them will be replaced.
The Yupik have the interesting custom of naming a baby for the last person to die in the village. They believe the dead person's spirit is reincarnated in the baby.
There is a small group of Russian Orthodox and Protestant believers among the Yupik.
The Yupik need to hear a clear presentation of the gospel and what it means to serve God. The Yupik would benefit by medical and educational workers coming to their villages. Linguists could study and help preserve the disappearing Kaukan Yupik language.
* Scripture Prayers for the Yupik, Naukan in Russia.
* Pray that the small number of Yupik believers would live lives dedicated to the Lord and walk in His ways.
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Yupik people love for God's Word and a desire to spread its influence.
* Pray for workers needed to sow God's Word into Yupik families, healing and strengthening households with God's blessings.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Yupik, Naukan|
|People Name in Country||Yupik, Naukan|
|Population this Country||500|
|Population all Countries||500|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Naukan Eskimo|
|Region||Europe, Eastern and Eurasia|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Chukotskiy Avtonomnyy Okrug, Nunyamo, Uelen, and Lavrentiya villages. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Language Code||rus Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Russian
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1821-1991)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament - Central Asian (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament - Holy Synod (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Father's Love Letter|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Indigitube.tv Video / Animation|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Russian|
|Film / Video||LUMO film of Gospels|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)|
|Film / Video||Rivka (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)|
|Film / Video||The Hope Video|
|General||Four Spiritual Laws|
|General||General Ministry Resources|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|General||Open-licensed Bible stories on mobile app|
|General||Walk with the Prophets and meet the Messiah|
|Primary Religion:||Ethnic Religions|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.80 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|