Molly Pederson is an Inupiaq elder from Barrow, Alaska. Her parents were Floyd and Laura Ahvakana. As a young woman, she worked for Wien Airlines as a flight attendent. She went on to become an educator and Inupiaq language instructor and translator for many years. She is the mother of five children, and has eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. In 1978 and 1979, Molly translated for sea ice researchers Dr. Lewis Shapiro and Ron Metzner of the University of Alaska Geophysical Institute on the project Historical References to Ice Conditions Along the Beaufort Sea Coast of Alaska (Scientific Report, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1979). Molly has also helped translate the Bible into Inupiaq, and has served her community on a variety of boards, committees, and commissions.