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Anesia Newyaka is a Yup'k elder from Kokhanok, Alaska. She was born in Newhalen, Alaska in 1941 to Mary and Mike Newyaka, who soon moved their family to Kokhanok. Her father was chief of the village and she grew up living a subsistence lifestyle, with her father doing a lot of trapping, hunting, and fishing, and the women picking berries and preparing food. Anesia worked as a school cook for eighteen years, and is a devout member of the local Russian Orthodox church.