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Mary Tallekpalek

Mary Tallekpalek

Mary Tallekpalek was a Yup'ik elder born at Big Mountain in the Lake Iliamna region of Alaska. Her father was a reindeer herder so the family traveled around to various camps following the herds and practicing a subsistence-based lifestyle. Mary lived on the Branch River where she fished and went berry picking in the summer and trapped in the winter, and, eventually, she and her husband, John, moved into Levelock. Mary also was an accomplished seamstress, having learned to sew from her mother,

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