780 AM | 96.1 FM 

“YOURS FOR WESTERN ALASKA”

(907) 443-5221

Elder Voices: Harriet Penayah, Part Three

Harriet Penayah rests on her couch in Savoonga.  Photo by Eva DeLappe.
Harriet Penayah rests on her couch in Savoonga.
Photo by Eva DeLappe.

This series features Yupik Elder Harriet Penayah. Listen to the previous episode here.

Harriet Penayah stays active in her community. The 80 year-old elder teaches children native drumming and dance. She also recently opened up her home to her community’s youth.

Savoonga has no teen center. After the “hang-out place” closed down, Harriet saw teens in her community needed a safe and private place to call their own. So she welcomed Savoonga’s teens into her home, and encouraged them to play instruments and fed them snacks like popcorn and juice.

“We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility,” Harriet says. “It’s easy to say it’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem. But we are all part of Alaska.”

Listen here: 

 

KNOM’s Elder Voices features a new Western Alaskan elder each month. If you would like to be featured, or know an elder who would, contact us. Call 907-443-5221, or send an email to publicaffairs@knom.org. 

 

 

Share this story

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Email

Recent Posts

Big Game Guide Charged With Hunting Brown Bear in a Suspended Area

Krist Zwerneman, owner and operator of Council Alaska Safaris, is facing multiple charges for allegedly guiding brown bear hunts in suspended areas. The charges are the result of an investigation conducted by Alaska Wildlife Troopers’ Bethel office. The hunts occurred in GUA 22-04 and 22-05 near Nome. According to the

Read More »

Alaska Airlines Announces Upgrades Coming to Nome Airport

Alaska Airlines has unveiled a $60 million investment plan aimed at upgrading terminals and other facilities across the state. The initiative is part of the airline’s “Great Land Investment Plan” first launched in 2016. Upgrades to the airline’s 13 owned stations, including the Nome Airport, are included in the next

Read More »

More

Newsletter:

Work for Us:

Jobs

Contact

Nome:

(907) 443-5221 

Anchorage:

(907) 868-1200 

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that KNOM Radio Mission is located on the customary lands of Indigenous peoples. 

Based in the Bering Strait region, KNOM broadcasts throughout the homelands of the Iñupiaq, Siberian Yup’ik, Cup’ik and Yup’ik peoples.