Ella Mae Charley is a Yup'ik elder born in Kanakanak who grew up in and attended school in Levelock, Alaska. Ella left the community in 1951 to attend school, and lived around Alaska, including in Glennallen. She returned to Levelock in 1989 to commercial fish, and decided to stay. As a culture bearer, Ella takes pride in sharing her traditional knowledge and skills. George Setuk is her brother.