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Elder Voices

The elders of Alaska Native communities are deeply respected for their exceptional cultural knowledge and experience. We are honored to share their exceptional insights, uncommon wisdom, and memories on Elder Voices. Currently, KNOM broadcasts of Elder Voices are encore presentations of previously-produced episodes; hear them on Wednesdays at 11am and again at 6pm.

A boat resting on the beach on a cloudy summer day in Gambell, Alaska.

Elder Voices: Beda Slwooko

Beda Slwooko was born on St. Lawrence Island, in Gambell, Alaska. Beda remembers growing up in her grandparents’ house. She shares stories from her childhood, recalling her grandfather as a trapper, the busyness of life in the summer, and when she learned English and chose to turn to Christianity.

Elder Voices: Frances Wright

Frances Wright was born in Solomon, Alaska, east of the city of Nome. She lived with her family and lived off the land. She didn’t know about the existence of canned vegetables until she moved to Nome at the age of 19.