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Irene Tanape, Interview 2
Irene Tanape

Irene Tanape was interviewed in November 1996 by Leo Ash in Nanwalek, Alaska. In this interview, Irene talks about masking traditions for celebrating the New Year's holidays.

Digital Asset Information

Archive #: Oral History 97-235-08

Project: Nanwalek and Port Graham
Date of Interview:
Narrator(s): Irene Tanape
Interviewer(s): Leo Ash
Location of Interview:
Funding Partners:
Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Subsistence Division, Minerals Management Service
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1) Naming of Nanwalek, and having children

2) Work history, and masking celebration

3) More about masking songs, and playing music

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Section 1: English Bay/ Nanwalek/ name -- change/ children/ Seattle/ childbirth/ midwife/ birthdates|

Section 2: masking/ jobs/ cannery -- working in/ babysitting/ foster parent/ teacher -- preschool/ nurse's aide/ teacher's aide/ cook -- school/ Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)/ holidays/ celebration/ costumes/ fun/ masking -- dates of/ masking -- traditions/ New Year's/ Elders -- participation/ dance/ songs/ storytelling|

Section 3: songs -- masquerade/ storytelling/ stories -- old/ changes/ language -- changes in/ Sugt'stun/ Native language/ instrument -- autoharp/ music -- playing/ singing/ guitar|