Mentors

Ethan Petticrew or Qanglaagix

Qanglaagix was born and raised in Alaska. He is Unangax from the Aleutian Islands. His mother’s family comes from Chalukax (Nikolski) on Umnak Island, one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in all of North America. His father’s family is from Southeast Alaska, and are descendants of fox farmers and whalers who came to Alaska during the Civil War period.

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Delores Gregory

Delores Gregory teaches Native Youth Olympics, the bentwood visor assistant and provides assistance where needed at the Urban Unangax^ Camp. Ms. Gregory demonstrated the games and strategies the lets the children and youth test their own skills through friendly competition. They try the stick pull,

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Marie Lydia Vincler

  Marie Lydia Vincler teaches drum building at the Urban Unangax^ Camp. She learned to build Aleut style drums as an apprentice in May of 2012. With the assistance of Michael Livingston and Minnie Christiansen she was able to put into practice what she learned herself only days before during the 20

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Teresa Mae Smith

Teresa Mae Smith teaches bone carving and traditional foods and provides assistance where needed at the Urban Unangax^ Camp. She shares her artists supplies to show kids how to carve caribou antler and shares family recipes and traditions for food preparation. An artist by trade she easily provided

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Suanne Unger

Suanne Unger teaches Traditional Foods at the Urban Unangax^ Camp and designed the Traditional Foods component of the Urban Unangax^ Camp. Children enjoy the interactive, hands on activities offered at camp that incorporate history and traditional recipes. It’s a fun way to learn about traditiona

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Jolene Petticrew

Jolene Petticrew teaches beaded headdress and regalia sewing at the Urban Unangax^ Camp. Glass beads and traditional motif are used to design beautiful Bering sea style head dresses that can be worn during dance performances. Many of the young ladies that make a head dress at camp also participate i

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John Petersen

John Petersen teaches full-size and model kayak construction at the Urban Unangax^ Camp. Mr. Petersen along with Wolfgang Brinck show students how to build a kayak that is fully functional! They work form morning until evening using modern materials to create a magnificent kayak that is completely s

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Wolfgang Brinck

Wolfgang Brinck teaches full-size kayak construction at the Urban Unangax^ Camp. It’s amazing that in one short week Mr. Brinck along with Michael Livingston and John Peterson show students how to build a kayak that is fully functional! They work form morning until evening using modern materials t

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Michael Livingston

Michael Livingston Michael Livingston teaches iqyax^ (kayak) construction at the Urban Unangax^ Camp. He has helped to build several full-size iqyan [Eastern dialect] or iqyas [Atkan dialect] (kayaks), as well as three-foot models. During camp he teaches students the engineering aspects of building

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Crystal Dushkin

Crystal Dushkin teaches Traditional Unangax^ Dance at the Urban Unangax^ camp. Her love for dance and culture reflects in her teaching style as she captivates her students. She incorporates language and history as students learn several dances which they perform at the end of camp. Students learn da

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Sharon Kay

Sharon P. Kay teaches Attu style basket weaving at the Urban Unangax^ camp. She patiently works with students to show them the intricate details of creating Aleut style baskets, including preparing and twisting raffia, adding and changing weaves, and adding color to create designs. She also shares h

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Okalena Patricia Lekanoff-Gregory

Okalena Patricia Lekanoff-Gregory was instrumental in the formation of the Urban Unangax^ Culture Camp and has been a mentor since its inception in 2008. Bentwood visor construction is a popular activity at camp and keeps Mrs. Lekanoff-Gregory on her toes! Many students come each year to begin or fi

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Sally Swetzof

Sally Swetzof teaches regalia and beaded headdress sewing, traditional foods, Unangam Tunuu, dance and drumming at the Urban Unangax^ camp. She incorporates traditional knowledge, values, language and historical context into all of her activities. In addition to being an expert at sewing, Mrs. Swetz

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Moses L. Dirks

Moses L. Dirks teaches Unangam Tunuu, traditional foods, and history at the Urban Unangax^ camp. When it’s possible, he goes subsistence hunting for the traditional foods utilized at camp. Except for hunting, he teaches the youth all phases of preparing traditional foods; cleaning, gutting, prepar

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Edna Floyd

Edna Floyd teaches traditional songs and dance of St. Paul Island, history and Aleut language arts at the Urban Unangax^ camp. She has a special talent for working with children. She can prepare 3-5 years olds for a dance performance or recital in Unangam Tunuu in four days! Mrs. Floyd develops and

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