Elder Voices: Esther Bourdon

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.


  1. Monica on January 27, 2017 at 8:59 am


  2. Michaele Sommerville on January 28, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Esther is my Ahpuk (Grandfather) Teddy’s sister. How wonderful to hear her stories!