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Bertha Beaver
Bertha Beaver

Bertha Beaver was interviewed on November 16, 2004 along with Wassillie Evan and John and Mary Phillip by Shawna Williams, Karen Brewster and Louann Rank along with 7th grade students Holly Demantle, Diedre Williams, Gabriel Nicolai and Milton Jones while looking at historic photographs at the Akiak School Library in Akiak, Alaska. In this excerpt of the longer recording, Bertha talks about what it was like to be in an arranged marriage and some of the hardships of raising such a large family in the early days when there was little money. Bertha emphasizes the importance for young people to remember their traditional values, activities, and foods.

Digital Asset Information

Archive #: Oral History 2004-07-18

Project: Akiak
Date of Interview: Nov 16, 2004
Narrator(s): Bertha Beaver
Interviewer(s): Bill Schneider, Karen Brewster, Shawna Williams, Louann Rank
People Present: Wassillie Evan, John Phillip, Mary Phillip
Location of Interview:
Funding Partners:
U.S. Department of Education, Alaska Native Education, Yupiit School District
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1) Coming to Akiak.

2) Her birthplace and childhood.

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Section 1: Akiak -- arrival\ arrival -- year of\ marriage\ house|

Section 2: birthplace -- Mountain Village\ Yukon River\ parents\ Kasigluk|