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Digital Branch of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Oral History Program

Cecelia Kunz

Cecelia Kunz Cecelia Kunz is a Tlingit elder from Juneau, Alaska. She was born in Juneau in 1910 into a well-respected Tlingit family. Her father, Jake, known as Yaakwaan, was chief of Kaagwaantaan, the wolf clan. Her grandfather was Yeesganaalx, chief of the Leeneidi of the Yaxt Hit, the Dipper House. Her Tlingit name was Kintoow, which means "birds flying." During her lifetime, Cecelia was a tireless advocate for the rights of the Tlingit people and a powerful voice in the Native civil rights movement in Alaska. Cecelia was one of the few speakers of the old Tlingit language, was the first teacher of the Tlingit language at Juneau schools, and founded the first Native dance group in Juneau. She also was an active member and former president of the Alaska Native Sisterhood, Camp 2, and helped organize the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) in Juneau, and the public radio station KTOO. Cecelia passed away in 2004 at the age of 93. For more about Cecelia Kunz, see this article about her life in the Juneau Empire newspaper.
Date of Birth:
Aug 20, 1910
Date of Death:
Jul 8, 2004
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