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Digital Branch of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Oral History Program

Nathaniel "Nate" Olemaun, Jr.

Nathaniel Olemaun, Jr.

Nathaniel “Nate” Olemaun, Jr. was born in Barrow, Alaska, but spent thirteen years living away from the community in the Lower 48. Nate returned to Barrow in 1970, and re-learned his native Inupiaq language and traditional hunting and whaling skills. He married Ida Oyagak and went whaling with her father, Roxy Oyagak from 1970 to 1991. He learned much of his sea ice and whaling knowledge from his father-in-law. Nate has served as the mayor of the City of Barrow off and on for many years, and has served on the board of directors of Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corporation (UIC).

Date of Birth:
Apr 4, 1943
Date of Death:
Sep 21, 2015
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