Elder Voices: Mary Jane Litchard

Mary Jane Litchard sitting in front of a microphone.

Recorded in the summer of 2019, hear stories from Mary Jane Litchard on growing up in the communities of Lost River, Teller, Anchorage, and Nome. Mary Jane tells of overcoming struggles, becoming an artist at a young age, and the elders in her life who have inspired her own positive attitude.


  1. Margie Rock Erskine on December 22, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    I enjoyed listening to her story in her words. Thank-you for having her recorded.

  2. Tundrabilly (@tammaq13) on December 29, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    Lighthearted and interesting, I hope she turns her diaries into books, preservation for future generations of Inupiat of a point in time before computers, running water, etc. I often listen to ‘Elder Voices’ and find them interesting, worth a listen each time.

  3. Nava Sarracino on January 3, 2020 at 9:17 am

    That was a really lovely interview. Full of joy and interesting stories. Thank you

  4. LaVonne Bickle on January 8, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    MaryJane, you’re a treasure. Thank you for reaching out to me, your long-distance half-Eskimo cousin who knows so very little of my Eskimo family. I’m happy to hear how your uncle Wilbur inspired you in your artwork. You’ve shared so much with me; you’re a real blessing!

  5. Brendaj Johnson on January 11, 2020 at 3:19 pm

    Mary Jane, I so enjoyed you your presentation. I always knew you were very special!
    So thankful you are blessed to be here n able to pass on part of your learned life
    May you continue to carry on for generations❤️❤️❤️❣️
    very special