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Georgianne Anasogak

first broadcast Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Interview by Matthew Smith

In this episode
Georgianne Anasogak lives in Koyuk, but her youth was spent moving to communities throughout the Seward Peninsula. Her family moved looking for work, and she herself moved for school at Mt. Edgecumbe. When she graduated from high school, she wanted to be a nurse, but it wasn't until she finished secretarial school and moved to Koyuk with her husband that she was able to follow that dream, by becoming a health aide. She found her calling in that rewarding work and raising a family in Koyuk, but Georgianne wasn't about to let retirement stop her: after finishing years as a health aide, she embarked on a post-retirement career change, working as a bilingual teacher's aide in the schools. Through stories of work in the clinic and in the school, she also remembers a life that was never without children: helping raise her younger siblings, her children, and her grandchildren.

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