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Elder Voices: Velma Brown

The community of White Mountain. Photo: Laura Kraegel, KNOM.

Velma lived in communities all over Alaska and has many stories to share, about everything from school to winter storms to alcohol addiction.

Elder Voices: Felix Walker, Sr.

An aerial view over a snowy, coastal Alaska village in wintertime

This week on “Elder Voices,” Felix Walker, Sr., in a 2006 interview, remembers the many ways he supported his community through subsistence hunting and advocating for youth.

Elder Voices: Winton Weyapuk, Jr.

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

Winton shares stories from his childhood in Wales, as well as his more recent experiences teaching the children of Wales about subsistence.

Elder Voices: James Okpealuk

Teller, Alaska

James grew up on Little Diomede. This week, he shares memories from the holiday season and the hunting season.

Elder Voices: Patrick Omiak

Little Diomede

“I try to pass on what I learned,” says Patrick. In “Elder Voices,” he speaks about the importance of revitalizing the Inupiaq language and preserving fishing and hunting practices.

Elder Voices: Willa Ashenfelter

Fish River, White Mountain

On this week’s episode of “Elder Voices” from the KNOM Archive, hear White-Mountain-born Willa Ashenfelter describe village life she remembers as a child, particularly her fond Christmas memories. Tune in Wednesday at 11am and again at 6pm, only on KNOM.

Elder Voices: Ida Beisemeier

A frozen Kotzebue Sound, with the Kiana Hills in the distance. Photo: Jenn Ruckel, KNOM.

Ida tells her story of how she left Kotzebue for California, and how she returned years later to teach a new generation the language and culture she had almost forgotten.