The Togiak National Wildlife Refuge, viewed from the air just East of Togiak, shows evidence of the winter's limited snowfall. Assignment for Newsweek.

The Togiak National Wildlife Refuge, viewed from the air just East of Togiak, shows evidence of the winter's limited snowfall. Assignment for Newsweek.

 The town of Togiak, situated on the coast of Bristol Bay in Southwestern Alaska.

The town of Togiak, situated on the coast of Bristol Bay in Southwestern Alaska.

 Hunters use ATVs to retrieve their boat at the village boat launch in Togiak, Alaska.

Hunters use ATVs to retrieve their boat at the village boat launch in Togiak, Alaska.

 Frank Logusak sits on his son's snowmobile behind his home in Togiak Alaska on April 22, 2015. The past winter's limited snowfall made accessing hunting grounds more difficult for hunters in the community.

Frank Logusak sits on his son's snowmobile behind his home in Togiak Alaska on April 22, 2015. The past winter's limited snowfall made accessing hunting grounds more difficult for hunters in the community.

 Peter Lockuk Jr. and Jim Logusak (not pictured) pick up Jim's brother Travis Logusak (l) and Brekin Gosuk (r) from the Togiak Bay shore east of town after an unsuccessful duck hunt.

Peter Lockuk Jr. and Jim Logusak (not pictured) pick up Jim's brother Travis Logusak (l) and Brekin Gosuk (r) from the Togiak Bay shore east of town after an unsuccessful duck hunt.

 Remnants of broken snowmobiles, ATVs, and boats behind a home in Togiak, Alaska, April 21, 2015. Transportation into the surrounding wilderness areas is critical for hunting and fishing, especially in towns off of the road system.

Remnants of broken snowmobiles, ATVs, and boats behind a home in Togiak, Alaska, April 21, 2015. Transportation into the surrounding wilderness areas is critical for hunting and fishing, especially in towns off of the road system.

 Children of Togiak play in the afternoon.

Children of Togiak play in the afternoon.

 Roger Wassilie, Togiak's Village Public Safety Officer, inspects incoming cargo for illegal alcohol. Togiak is one of many "dry" communities in which alcohol is illegal.

Roger Wassilie, Togiak's Village Public Safety Officer, inspects incoming cargo for illegal alcohol. Togiak is one of many "dry" communities in which alcohol is illegal.

 Togiak, Alaska fisherman Phil Bavilla

Togiak, Alaska fisherman Phil Bavilla

 Teens in Togiak play basketball, a favorite sport among rural Alaskan villages.

Teens in Togiak play basketball, a favorite sport among rural Alaskan villages.

 Peter Lockuk Jr. and Jim Logusak launch a boat into Togiak Bay on a mission to trade ivory and native crafts with a herring processing ship at anchor 8 miles away.

Peter Lockuk Jr. and Jim Logusak launch a boat into Togiak Bay on a mission to trade ivory and native crafts with a herring processing ship at anchor 8 miles away.

 Peter Lockuk Jr. calls out to Jim Logusak from aboard the herring processing ship M/V Gordon Jensen while he searches the ship for people to trade ivory and crafts for cash.

Peter Lockuk Jr. calls out to Jim Logusak from aboard the herring processing ship M/V Gordon Jensen while he searches the ship for people to trade ivory and crafts for cash.

 Peter Lockuk Jr. shows workers aboard the M/V Gordon Jensen ivory and crafts he is trying to sell for cash. With limited jobs and limited snowfall making for a difficult subsistence hunting fall and winter, other income is critical.

Peter Lockuk Jr. shows workers aboard the M/V Gordon Jensen ivory and crafts he is trying to sell for cash. With limited jobs and limited snowfall making for a difficult subsistence hunting fall and winter, other income is critical.

 Kobe Pauk drives his  brother, Allen Pauk, through town on an ATV, the preferred method of summer transportation around Togiak, Alaska for young and old alike.

Kobe Pauk drives his  brother, Allen Pauk, through town on an ATV, the preferred method of summer transportation around Togiak, Alaska for young and old alike.

 Without snow, the children of Togiak, Alaska have gotten creative with their sledding. Lloyd Kritz (wearing helmet), pulls Kiersley Kritz (left, hidden), and Brooke and Brea Wasillie through the mud behind a kid-sized ATV. Alyssa Coopchiak and Dreydan Coopchiak(r, background), watch.

Without snow, the children of Togiak, Alaska have gotten creative with their sledding. Lloyd Kritz (wearing helmet), pulls Kiersley Kritz (left, hidden), and Brooke and Brea Wasillie through the mud behind a kid-sized ATV. Alyssa Coopchiak and Dreydan Coopchiak(r, background), watch.

 Amy Wassilie prepares seal oil from chunks of seal fat with her daughter.

Amy Wassilie prepares seal oil from chunks of seal fat with her daughter.

 Remnants of broken down snowmobiles scavenged for parts lie in a heap.

Remnants of broken down snowmobiles scavenged for parts lie in a heap.

 Hand painted dumpsters, some with inspirational messages, dot the town of Togiak.

Hand painted dumpsters, some with inspirational messages, dot the town of Togiak.

 Travis Logusak and Brekin Gosuk assist Peter Lockuk Jr. and Jim Logusak in retrieving a skiff from the Togiak town boat launch.

Travis Logusak and Brekin Gosuk assist Peter Lockuk Jr. and Jim Logusak in retrieving a skiff from the Togiak town boat launch.

 Travis Logusak (l) and Brekin Gosuk (r) on the Togiak Bay shore east of town after an unsuccessful duck hunt.

Travis Logusak (l) and Brekin Gosuk (r) on the Togiak Bay shore east of town after an unsuccessful duck hunt.

 The Togiak National Wildlife Refuge, viewed from the air just East of Togiak, shows evidence of the winter's limited snowfall. Assignment for Newsweek.
 The town of Togiak, situated on the coast of Bristol Bay in Southwestern Alaska.
 Hunters use ATVs to retrieve their boat at the village boat launch in Togiak, Alaska.
 Frank Logusak sits on his son's snowmobile behind his home in Togiak Alaska on April 22, 2015. The past winter's limited snowfall made accessing hunting grounds more difficult for hunters in the community.
 Peter Lockuk Jr. and Jim Logusak (not pictured) pick up Jim's brother Travis Logusak (l) and Brekin Gosuk (r) from the Togiak Bay shore east of town after an unsuccessful duck hunt.
 Remnants of broken snowmobiles, ATVs, and boats behind a home in Togiak, Alaska, April 21, 2015. Transportation into the surrounding wilderness areas is critical for hunting and fishing, especially in towns off of the road system.
 Children of Togiak play in the afternoon.
 Roger Wassilie, Togiak's Village Public Safety Officer, inspects incoming cargo for illegal alcohol. Togiak is one of many "dry" communities in which alcohol is illegal.
 Togiak, Alaska fisherman Phil Bavilla
 Teens in Togiak play basketball, a favorite sport among rural Alaskan villages.
 Peter Lockuk Jr. and Jim Logusak launch a boat into Togiak Bay on a mission to trade ivory and native crafts with a herring processing ship at anchor 8 miles away.
 Peter Lockuk Jr. calls out to Jim Logusak from aboard the herring processing ship M/V Gordon Jensen while he searches the ship for people to trade ivory and crafts for cash.
 Peter Lockuk Jr. shows workers aboard the M/V Gordon Jensen ivory and crafts he is trying to sell for cash. With limited jobs and limited snowfall making for a difficult subsistence hunting fall and winter, other income is critical.
 Kobe Pauk drives his  brother, Allen Pauk, through town on an ATV, the preferred method of summer transportation around Togiak, Alaska for young and old alike.
 Without snow, the children of Togiak, Alaska have gotten creative with their sledding. Lloyd Kritz (wearing helmet), pulls Kiersley Kritz (left, hidden), and Brooke and Brea Wasillie through the mud behind a kid-sized ATV. Alyssa Coopchiak and Dreydan Coopchiak(r, background), watch.
 Amy Wassilie prepares seal oil from chunks of seal fat with her daughter.
 Remnants of broken down snowmobiles scavenged for parts lie in a heap.
 Hand painted dumpsters, some with inspirational messages, dot the town of Togiak.
 Travis Logusak and Brekin Gosuk assist Peter Lockuk Jr. and Jim Logusak in retrieving a skiff from the Togiak town boat launch.
 Travis Logusak (l) and Brekin Gosuk (r) on the Togiak Bay shore east of town after an unsuccessful duck hunt.

The Togiak National Wildlife Refuge, viewed from the air just East of Togiak, shows evidence of the winter's limited snowfall. Assignment for Newsweek.

The town of Togiak, situated on the coast of Bristol Bay in Southwestern Alaska.

Hunters use ATVs to retrieve their boat at the village boat launch in Togiak, Alaska.

Frank Logusak sits on his son's snowmobile behind his home in Togiak Alaska on April 22, 2015. The past winter's limited snowfall made accessing hunting grounds more difficult for hunters in the community.

Peter Lockuk Jr. and Jim Logusak (not pictured) pick up Jim's brother Travis Logusak (l) and Brekin Gosuk (r) from the Togiak Bay shore east of town after an unsuccessful duck hunt.

Remnants of broken snowmobiles, ATVs, and boats behind a home in Togiak, Alaska, April 21, 2015. Transportation into the surrounding wilderness areas is critical for hunting and fishing, especially in towns off of the road system.

Children of Togiak play in the afternoon.

Roger Wassilie, Togiak's Village Public Safety Officer, inspects incoming cargo for illegal alcohol. Togiak is one of many "dry" communities in which alcohol is illegal.

Togiak, Alaska fisherman Phil Bavilla

Teens in Togiak play basketball, a favorite sport among rural Alaskan villages.

Peter Lockuk Jr. and Jim Logusak launch a boat into Togiak Bay on a mission to trade ivory and native crafts with a herring processing ship at anchor 8 miles away.

Peter Lockuk Jr. calls out to Jim Logusak from aboard the herring processing ship M/V Gordon Jensen while he searches the ship for people to trade ivory and crafts for cash.

Peter Lockuk Jr. shows workers aboard the M/V Gordon Jensen ivory and crafts he is trying to sell for cash. With limited jobs and limited snowfall making for a difficult subsistence hunting fall and winter, other income is critical.

Kobe Pauk drives his  brother, Allen Pauk, through town on an ATV, the preferred method of summer transportation around Togiak, Alaska for young and old alike.

Without snow, the children of Togiak, Alaska have gotten creative with their sledding. Lloyd Kritz (wearing helmet), pulls Kiersley Kritz (left, hidden), and Brooke and Brea Wasillie through the mud behind a kid-sized ATV. Alyssa Coopchiak and Dreydan Coopchiak(r, background), watch.

Amy Wassilie prepares seal oil from chunks of seal fat with her daughter.

Remnants of broken down snowmobiles scavenged for parts lie in a heap.

Hand painted dumpsters, some with inspirational messages, dot the town of Togiak.

Travis Logusak and Brekin Gosuk assist Peter Lockuk Jr. and Jim Logusak in retrieving a skiff from the Togiak town boat launch.

Travis Logusak (l) and Brekin Gosuk (r) on the Togiak Bay shore east of town after an unsuccessful duck hunt.

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