Cecil Martin is from Dot Lake, Alaska. His grandfather, Gene Henry, was born at Batzulnetas on the upper Copper River in 1911, and married a woman from Tanacross. So, Cecil's mother, Marie Dennis, was born and raised in Tanacross. Cecil remembers his grandfather hunting, trapping and fishing through out the upper Cooper River, upper Tanana River, Tanacross, Mansfield, and Dot Lake region. Cecil grew up in both Dot Lake and Tanacross, where he has hunted, trapped, and fished. He has continued his family's tradition of fishing near Batzulnetas. Cecil has worked as a summer wildland firefighter for over twenty years, as well as picking up seasonal odd jobs when he can. He had most recently been working on solid waste disposal at the Dot Lake landfill at the time of his interview in December 2013.