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Digital Branch of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Oral History Program

John Goodwin

John Goodwin

John Goodwin is an Iñupiaq elder from Kotzebue, Alaska. He was born in December 1942 in a camp between Noatak and Kotzebue, and he grew up living a traditional subsistence lifestyle moving between Noatak, Kotzebue and seasonal camps. He started seal hunting as a young boy, learning about ice conditions, weather prediction, and ice safety from both his father and grandfather. John attended Mount Edgecumbe High School in Sitka, Alaska, joined the Alaska National Guard after graduation, and worked as a heavy equipment operator around Alaska, including on the nuclear testing project on Amchitka Island, and as a security officer during the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill cleanup. John applies his expert local knowledge to teaching the youth about hunting, seals, ice conditions, and weather prediction, as well as helping scientists tag seals and serving on the statewide Ice Seal Committee. John married his second wife, Pearl, in 1989 and they are rarely seen apart.

Date of Birth:
Dec 8, 1942
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