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Elder Voices: Esther Bourdon

A Beautiful Day in Wales. Photo: Maddie Winchester, KNOM
A Beautiful Day in Wales. Photo: Maddie Winchester, KNOM

Hear Esther Bourdon in this week’s episode of Elder Voices. In her 2002 interview with KNOM, Esther shares stories of her birth and delivery — assisted by dog team — and her love of translating church hymns into Inupiaq.

Esther encourages young people to learn their traditional language. And she recalls moving to Nome from Wales in a skin boat.

Tune in every Wednesday at 11am and again at 6pm to hear another elder share their story. Only on Elder Voices: a window to the past, a door to the future.

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