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Elder Voices: Irene Aukongak

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On this week’s episode of Elder Voices from the KNOM Archive, hear Golovin’s Irene Aukongak from her 2011 interview. Irene shares her life story: memories of school at Holy Cross, Crooked Creek, and Mt. Edgecombe; fishing and trapping; and her childhood with her brothers, sisters, and her mother.

And she remembers finding her calling as a nurse, working with children. “That fall, I went down to Mt. Edgecombe for nurse’s training. I used to study real hard, and boy! I loved that part, working with moms and babies, and little kids. I really loved that part, maybe because I used to take care of my little brothers and sisters.”

Hear Irene’s story this Wednesday at 11am and again at 6pm, or find it here online. KNOM’s Elder Voices: A window to the past, a door to the future.

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