SAVOONGA, ST. LAWRENCE ISLAND, ALASKA
distributed after the program.
Savoonga was established many year ago as a raindeer herding village on St. Lawrence
Island in the Bering Sea. In 1967 it was a thriving community of 300 persons who have
returned to the sea for their food.
Usually, the annually Christmas celebration is never missed by everyone in the village
and the first celebration takes place a day before Christmas, held in the Presbyterian
Church . The kindergarten to junior classes put in the scene, which is the birth of Christ.
All are in costumes pretending to show the scene as in ancient times.
On Christmas Day, the Mariner's have their program. This group consists of the village
young couple's which show the scene again in a more meaningful presentation.
Both programs have the village people exchanging gifts to their loved ones and friends
at the church where they are
After the final close of the last program, when the village people are returning home,
Yuletide Christmas singing takes place between every home n the village.
Warm clothing is worn as usually it is very cold out in the open around the village.
Warm up refreshments are served at the church afterwords for those who take part in the
caroling at the church.
So that's the way Christmas is held every year here in the village of Savoonga.
Source of this abstract was found in the December 23, 1967, Fairbanks Daily News-
Miner, Fairbaks, Alaska, by New-Miner Correspondent John Waghiui.