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Joe Herbert was a Gwich'in elder who was born in 1933 to Jennie and Sam Herbert in Fort Yukon, Alaska. He grew up living a traditional subsistence lifestyle based on hunting, trapping, and fishing. He lived most of his early years at Shuman House and then moved to Chalkyitsik, Alaska where he spent the rest of his life. Joe was an expert hunter, trapper, and carpenter, and was always willing to pass on his knowledge and help anyone in need. Joe Herbert passed away in 2011 at age 78.