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William Salmon, Sr.
William Salmon, Sr. is a Gwich'in elder who was born to Sarah and David Salmon in Chalkyitsik, Alaska. His grandfather, William Salmon, is credited with building the first permanent structure in the village. William grew up living a traditional subsistence lifestyle based upon hunting, trapping, and fishing. In 1954, William married Minnie Thomas, and together they raised five children according to this same subsistence lifestyle. William's lifelong experience of living off the land has provided him with detailed knowledge of the land, rivers and lakes in the Chalkyitsik region, and he has been a keen observer of the fish, bird and wildlife populations upon which his livelihood has depended. William is a respected traditional culture-bearer who shares his knowledge and skills with the younger generation.