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Alex Tallekpalek is a Yup'ik elder who was born on Coffee Creek and raised in Levelock, Alaska by his adopted parents, Effie and Lawrence Tallekpalek. He was also raised by his grandfather, Ivan Tallekpalek, from whom he learned traditional skills of living off the land and relying on careful observation. Alex uses the Yup'ik spelling of his name, and continues to follow his Yup'ik cultural traditions and practices. As a culture bearer, Alex has a vast collection of Yup'ik artifacts in his home and tries to pass on his traditional knowledge, beliefs, and Native language. Alex has been a successful subsistence hunter, fisherman and trapper, and served on the Alaska Beluga Whale Commission for a number of years.