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Elder Voices: Rita Olanna

The community of Teller is in the foreground, with Brevig Mission faintly visible across the water. Photo: KNOM File.

The oldest of 11 children, Rita Olanna grew up in Brevig Mission. Hear stories of reindeer herding, shared from her grandparents, and more details of life growing up in the region.

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Elder Voices: Peter Jacobs

Aerial view of Bethel, Alaska

Join Peter Jacobs for a special interview for Elder Voices spoken completely in Yup’ik, recorded just after he was awarded Elder of the Year in 2008 at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention.

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Story49 Presents “Through the Ice Curtain”

View of Provideniya from Komsomolskaya Bay. Photo: Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

In this three-part series, we take a look at the relationship between Alaska and Russia from before the Cold War all the way through the present day. Hear directly from the people who melted the “Ice Curtain,” and from the people working to keep it melted.

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Elder Voices: Harriet Penayah

Savoonga

“Everyone helped each other,” Harriet says of her childhood in Savoonga. Hear Harriet speak about subsistence hunting and the closeness of her community in this encore of “Elder Voices.”

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Elder Voices: Roger Nassuk, Sr.

Koyuk, Alaska

Koyuk elder Roger Nassuk, Sr., shares stories from his life in an interview from 2011. At 81 years old, he remembers his childhood growing up around Isaac’s Point and then moving to Koyuk for school, where he was forbidden to speak his language.

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