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 traditional foods and methods for preparing them and a very popular activity at camp. Children (and their parents) taste a wide variety of traditional foods, most of which come from the Aleutian Pribilof Islands region.


Suanne is the Environmental Health Research Coordinator for APIA’s Community Services Department and has been the program coordinator for the Traditional foods Program at APIA for 12 years. Under this program, she has coordinated traditional foods-related grants from the National Institute of Health, the Environmental Protection Agency, and currently the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is currently finishing a book on the traditional foods of the Aleutian and Pribilof islands.

Suanne has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies. She has taught elementary, secondary, and college level students. She attributes her interest in cooking and preparing foods to her mom.