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Lawrence "Savik" Ahmaogak

Lawrence "Savik" Ahmaogak

Lawrence "Savik" Ahmaogak is an Iñupiaq elder from Utqiaġvik, Alaska (formerly known as Barrow). He is the son of Walton and Cynthia Ahmaogak, and his grandfather, Roy Ahmaogak was a minister in the community in the 1940s who was one of the first to work on translating the bible into Iñupiaq. In 1958, Savik married his wife, Myrna, with whom he had a large family of children and grandchildren. Myrna passed away in January 2013. Savik was captain of the Savik whaling crew, until age prevented him from going out on the ice, at which time he turned over leadership to his son and nephew. In addition to being a successful whaler and hunter, Savik supported his large family through a variety of jobs, including working at the Naval Arctic Research Laboratory (NARL) in the 1950s and 1960s.

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