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Celia Beetus

Joe and Celia Beetus

Celia Beetus is a Koyukon Athabascan elder from Hughes, Alaska. She was born in Allakaket in 1922, the daughter of Jimmy and Annie Koyukuk. In l938, she married Joe Beetus and they settled in Hughes. She grew up living a traditional subsistence lifestyle moving from camp to camp with the seasons. Since her husband, Joe, was a trapper and hunter, they continued to follow this pattern with their own family of eight children until 1957 when a school was built in Hughes. Celia hoped future generations would be able to continue to live off the land according to their cultural traditions.

Celia Beetus appears in the following new Jukebox projects: