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Steven Attla, Sr.
Steven Attla, Sr. is a Koyukon Athabascan elder from Huslia, Alaska. He was born in 1924 near Hughes, Alaska but his parents moved down to the Cutoff area when he was about three. He grew up living a traditional subsistence lifestyle living off the land; hunting, trapping, and fishing following the seasons to different camp locations. He worked as a commercial river boat pilot, for the Public Health Service, and at the Huslia school. Steven and Catherine Attla were married in 1944. Steven is a skilled craftsman, especially known for his traditionally built sleds. He believes strongly in preserving his culture and language, and passing it on to the younger people in the community. Interviews with Steven appear in the Gates of the Arctic Project Jukebox and the Raven's Story Project Jukebox. Steven Attla, Sr. died on October 9, 2014. For more about Steven Attla, Sr. see his obituary in the Fairbanks Daily News Miner newspaper.