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Posts by Matthew F. Smith

Elder Voices: Dina Sagoonick

Dina Sagoonick’s life growing up in Shaktoolik as a young girl was traditional, and in the ways that she and her family relied on dog teams, hunting, and trapping, it was a way of life that had sustained her ancestors for thousands of years. And yet her life was also uniquely full of change, a…

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Elder Voices: Frances Wright

Frances Wright turned 94 this March, and when she tells stories, you know she hasn’t wasted any of that time. Born in Council, and raised in Solomon, Frances has vivid memories – and tells amazing stories – of growing up in a household that spoke Inupiaq, of hunting and trapping for food, of gathering driftwood…

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