Elder Voices: Raymond Seetok Sr.


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 faith, perseverance, and community. Listen to hear his memories of how Western Alaska used to be, how he survived being stranded at sea for three days, and his advice for the younger generation.