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Otto Friend, nonagenarian

The Delta Discovery is one of our regional newspapers. Many of the articles may also be read on-line. Unfortunately, there isn’t a photo of Mr. Friend.

10-15-08
by Jodi Friend, student Kuskokwim Campus

My paternal grandfather Otto Friend has lived in the native village of Kwigillingok, a costal village located on the Southwestern Region of Alaska, nearly all his life.

When my grandfather was a young boy, most of the Yup’ik people in the village lived on the left side of the Kwigillingok River, while only a few lived on the right side.

…what are my grandfather’s personality, favorite foods, and hobbies?
My grandfather is mean, grumpy, strict, selfish, and forgetful at times, but he is also humorous, caring, and loving. His nickname is “Apiin” (similar to grandfather) and “Dad.”

Otto loves to eat blackberry “akutaq” (Eskimo ice cream), beluga whale blubber, dried salmon, white fish, bird soup, and loves drinking Red Rose tea with his elder friends.

His hobbies include watching Kung Fu movies, taking naps, snow machine riding, checking the Kwigillingok River, playing with his grandchildren, working on seal skin, carving wood, and taking steam baths.

… After serving in the Alaskan Territorial Guard (ATG), his sight has not been the same. My paternal aunts and uncles told me that Otto, little by little, stopped going subsistence hunting because of his affected vision. Although he has this problem, it does not keep him from being in charge of how the gathered and hunted food is prepared or stored for the winter.

Right now, he’s 90-years-old and he still walks and takes a steam bath in the “maqivik” (steam house or sauna) just about every night…. In conclusion, Otto is a lot of fun to be around. I admire and respect him because he has been through so much in his life and because he has a lot of experience when it comes to subsistence living. He is also a very good grandfather, not just to me, but to my other relatives as well. […]


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Gladys Jung nonagenarian

5-9-07, by Greg Lincoln, Delta Discovery

Beloved elder Gladys Jung of Bethel celebrated her 90th birthday last week. Many friends and loved ones came to wish her a happy birthday at her comfortable home near the Kuskokwim River.

Gladys was born on April 30, 1917 in St. Michael to parents Oscar and Annie Hall. Her mother was from St. Michael and her father was from West Virginia. … Gladys is a University of Alaska Fairbanks Alumna, graduating from college with a teaching degree. She returned home where she taught in the old village of Nunacuaq, which has long been gone. In Nunacuaq she worked as an apprentice teacher. She remembers burning coal in the stove for heat. The teacher she worked with had the main school and she would send the little ones to Gladys, who was learning how to teach.

“There were no chairs and the kids would stand at the table and do their work,” she said.… Shortly after, she married Henry Jung and together they had nine children. The couple was asked to open the school in Napaskiak, which had not had a school before.

“My husband made little tables, there were no desks,” she recalls. “We traveled by dog team and by […]

Gladys was also an active member of the Senior Center. A few years ago she recorded a radio ad against the use of iq’mik (sometimes ikmik), a mixture of chewing tobacco and “punk” or tree fungus ash, which is used by adults and even children. She then became known to the latest group of schoolchildren as the “Iq’mik Lady”
Gladys Jung iq’mik YKHC ad


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    Senior Center staff defends care of elders

    Trantham remarks draw fire
    Senior Center staff defends care of elders (**see note below)

    By Jesse Keane, Thursday, 25 August 2005
    For the Tundra Drums

    Amber Petersen, coordinator of the Adult Day Program at the Chief Eddie Hoffman Senior Center, arrived with other center employees at the Aug. 9 Bethel City Council meeting to object to a radio discussion on KYUK critical of the center.

    “We were accused of neglecting, abusing, and ignoring our elders,” she said. “We were accused of shirking our responsibility to make sure elders are taken care of.”

    These accusations, she said, were supported on the show by a city council member. “He said that all the horrible things that had just been spoken about the senior center were absolutely true and correct.”

    Petersen was joined at the microphone by colleagues and elders. Mary Gregory, a supporter of the senior center, said, “If anyone wants to challenge us, let them try it for one day.”

    Mayor Hugh Dyment cautioned his fellow council members on their public statements. Words are very powerful, he said.

    “As council members, if we are going to speak in public, we should have the facts at hand,” Dyment said.

    Councilman Dave Trantham, who spoke on KYUK about the senior center, expressed frustration that the senior center employees had not tried to speak with him directly before appearing before the council.

    “I’m surprised that the mayor allowed it,” he said. “This was probably an attempt to discredit or embarrass me, but it didn’t work.”….

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    Neglect of Bethel Elders again –
    https://theelderlies.wordpress.com/ 2005/10/19/neglect-of-bethel-elders-again/

    The radio discussion was about neglect, not abuse, by the operators of the Senior Center (see letter to the editor, Delta Discovery, posted here
    https://theelderlies.wordpress.com/2005/08/17/ letter-to-the-editor-on-neglecting-seniors/ Interesting that the City staff directed the
    ad hominem attack on Mr Trantham and did not respond to the charges of neglect.

    Mr Trantham called in as a citizen; never identified himself as a city councilor; and never spoke for the City Council.

    Mr Dyment is a “weak–mayor” [see Wikip] who functions as discussion facilitator for the Council as a whole. Or serves in this case to threaten first amendment protection of free–speech. This is the same Mayor Dyment who believes the City’s restrictive religious oath of office should stay in place or be considered simply as “ceremonial deism”. Not too many small time mayors can get in whacks at the entire first amendment, with facts on neither hand.

    Papa John Alexie Scholarship

    Alaska Moravian Seminary honors graduates

    http://www.deltadiscovery.com/villagetelegraph/villagetelegraph.html

    On April 18, 2007, the Alaska Moravian Seminary and Theological Institute awarded diplomas and certificates to the students for successfully completing the 2006-2007 school year.

    A new scholarship fund was also created to encourage young people to attend the seminary. The “Papa John Alexie Scholarship” is named after John Alexie of Eek who graduated with a two year diploma. John began his seminary training at an age where most people are beyond retirement and was concerned if he would be able to pass the course.

    “If I can do it, then so can anybody,” he said.

    I don’t know his age for sure, but certainly an ageless accomplishment.

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    Mary Ann Sundown

    Ms Sundown is almost a nonagenarian. More importantly, as a highly accomplished dancer and creator she has certainly brought a liveliness and attention to modern traditional dance in our region. [see previous post on Eskimo dancing

    Yupik’ elder Mary Ann Sundown, 87, of Scammon Bay made a quest appearance with Upallret Dancers from Bethel during Quyana Alaska presented by the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention at the Egan Center on Wednesday, October 25, 2006

    Read the entire story at

    Mary Ann Sundown

    2008-04-06
    Ms Sundown danced at Cama’i this year.

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    mary-ann-sundown-on-youtube


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