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Elder Voices: Winton Weyapuk Jr.

Winton Weyapuk Jr. stands outside the Wales School in November 2012.

Winton Weyapuk Jr., Wales Kingikmiut School, November 2012.

At 62, Winton Weyapuk Jr. is a young elder. But he is a wealth of information about the Inupiaq language and marine mammal subsistence in his native village of Wales. Winton’s passion for preserving Inupiaq and the subsistence lifestyle started as a boy, learning how to navigate sea ice in an umiak skinboat with his father, and listening to his elders tell him ghost stories that chilled him to the bone.

Winton Weyapuk Jr. tells his story on this month’s episode of Elder Voices: