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Delores Brower Burnell is an Iñupiaq born to Emily and Arnold Brower, Sr. in Barrow, Alaska (now known as Utqiaġvik). As one of seventeen children, she grew up living a land-based subsistence lifestyle as her parents traveled the countryside living in reindeer herding camps and at traditional hunting and fishing locations. Early on, she learned the importance of hard work and cooperation to process the animals her father harvested to feed the family. Delores has held a variety of jobs in the community, including as a translator for the North Slope Borough, Iñupiat History, Language and Culture Commission (IHLC), where in the 1980s she assisted with interviews conducted as part of the Chipp-Ikpikpuk and Meade Rivers Oral History Project.