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Ruby is from Chistochina, Alaska. She grew up living a subsistence lifestyle and traveled from summer camp to fall camp to spring camp. She got married and lived near Chistochina in a cabin. Her husband would leave for months at a time to trap and earn money for the family. He became sick and died leaving Ruby to fend for herself and her children. She worked at the school in Chistochina for 20 years. She also taught language for Ahtna Corporation, sold her crafts, and helped to dry moose meat for her family.