This episode is the first of a three-part series featuring Yupik elder Harriet Penayah. When Harriet Penayah was growing up in Savoonga in the 1930s, the Alaska native village looked much the same as it does today. “No igloos,” she says, “no sod houses.” Just wooden-frame homes clustered above the black sandy beach. But, she says, [...]
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Mike Williams, Sr. is a well-regarded man. An Iditarod veteran, Yupik elder, and prominent tribal rights advocate, Williams is the type of musher who draws a big crowd at the finish line, even if he comes in 45th place. He shares some of his stories on the latest edition of KNOM’s Elder Voices. Williams has mushed for [...]
This month’s Elder Voices celebrates Raymond Seetok Sr, a Kingikmiut elder from Wales. Raymond was born in Wales in 1946. A whaling captain, husband, and father, he grew up with twelve siblings in the traditional Inupiaq way. He speaks about the hardships he faced, and Inupiaq lessons his elders and parents passed onto him about [...]
This Thursday on Sounding Board (November 29, 2012 at 10am), we’re remembering our elders. November is Native American Heritage Month. Let’s celebrate elders who influenced us – and share the wisdom and knowledge we’ve learned from them. Have any elders impacted your life? Who? What did your elders teach you: about hunting, subsistence, culture, sewing? What [...]
James Okpealuk is a skilled carpenter. Throughout his life, the Teller Elder has helped build many houses in Alaska, including homes in Fairbanks, new houses in Nome, and the old school in Teller. But he remembers his traditional home in Little Diomede with a smile: “All sod and rocks…more like a shack. Small, but very [...]
This Thursday on Sounding Board (November 1, 2012 at 10am), we’re talking about organ donation. Are you an organ donor? In many cases, we’re asked that question only while in line at the DMV, but for some people, that question is a matter of life and death. Donated organs can save lives, but Western Alaska [...]
In Friday’s news: Alaska Wildlife Troopers and the US Fish & Wildlife service seize more than 1,000 pounds of salmon from fishermen protesting subsistence closures on the Kuskokwim; Alaska Senators Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski split on subsidies in national Farm Bill; Increasing docking space now, and a deep water harbor in the future, discussed [...]
Rodney Ungwiluk, Sr. was born May 8, 1942 in Gambell and passed away June 16, 2011. In 2009, he shared memories and stories of growing up in Gambell before electric power and lights. He talks about helping his dad hunt seals and the community’s dependence on dog teams.
NJUS wind turbines to spin this fall; 31 elderly and chronic care patients evacuated to Bethel from Kwethluk amid flooding; two AK-based military policemen die in Afghanistan; special legislative session cost $404,000; groups sue NMFS over oil exploration permit; Anchorage shakes this morning.
In this episode of Caught Doing Something Good we hear from Ida Kava, a seventeen-year-old living in Savoonga. This standout student was nominated by one of her teachers for a Spirit of Youth Award. Ida’s achievements go well beyond the classroom. A youth leader in her community, Ida strives on a daily basis to bridge the gap between [...]
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