Among the Yup’ik people, a priest finds a new kind of faith

The Indigenous Alaskan Yup’ik people have 30 terms to describe the color of snow. When Father Stan Jaszek began ministering to them, he only knew one of the terms: white.

Jaszek, a Polish-born priest and lifelong missionary, has lived in Alaska for 20 years. He has ministered for the last 15 years to the Yup’ik people, who have inhabited the far western edge of Alaska along the Bering Sea for more than 10,000 years. The region is a low-line tundra intermixed with…

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