Pearl Goodwin is an Iñupiaq elder from Kotzebue, Alaska. She was born to Paul and Grace Outwater and raised in Kiana, Alaska. Her father was originally from Deering, Alaska and her mother from Kobuk, Alaska. Pearl grew up living a traditional subsistence lifestyle moving between the village and various seasonal camps, including coming to the coast in the summer so her father could work in commercial fishing and hunt sea mammals. She worked in social services at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage from 1991 to 1996, and upon moving back to Kotzebue worked at the Maniilaq Health Center. She met John Goodwin in 1976 and they married in 1989. They are rarely seen apart.