Sheshalik, Alaska

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Unincorporated community
Sheshalik is located in Alaska
Location within the state of Alaska
Coordinates: 66°59′39″N 162°49′41″W / 66.99417°N 162.82806°W / 66.99417; -162.82806Coordinates: 66°59′39″N 162°49′41″W / 66.99417°N 162.82806°W / 66.99417; -162.82806
Country United States
State Alaska
Borough Northwest Arctic
Time zone Alaska (AKST) (UTC-9)
 • Summer (DST) AKDT (UTC-8)
GNIS feature ID 1413968[1]

Sheshalik (Sisualik in Iñupiaq, means "one that has beluga whales" from sisuaq "beluga whale"[2]) is a former Inuit village and summer camp in the Northwest Arctic Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. It is located by the Chukchi Sea shore on the Sheshalik Spit, 14 mi. northwest of Kotzebue.[1]

The name of this village was recorded as "Sesualik" by Captain Frederick William Beechey in 1831. In the 1880 Census conducted by Ivan Petroff Sheshalik was listed as "Sheshalegamute" with a population of 100. Captain Calvin L. Hooper (1881, p. 44) published the name as "She-shore-lik," and U.S. Navy lieutenant George M. Stoney, in his manuscript map dated 1883, wrote it as "She-sur-are-lick." Maximum elevation 3 m.