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Mark Jacobs

Mark Jacobs Jr.

Mark Jacobs, Jr. (Gusteiheen) was a Tlingit elder who was born in 1923 to Annie (Paul) and Mark Jacobs in Sitka, Alaska. He was a member of the Dakl'aweidi (Killer Whale) Clan. His Tlingit names were Saa.aat', Keet w', Oode'ishk'aduneek and Gusteiheen. A noted historian, he was the last male speaker of his lineage and house-group. He enjoyed speaking Tlingit with others and telling stories. After having served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he graduated from Sheldon Jackson School in 1947. Mark worked as a commercial fisherman with his father, and was involved in construction and blasting of many of the roads around Sitka. Mark became an active member of the Alaska Native Brotherhood where he worked on Alaska Native Land Claims and became increasingly involved in statewide Native issues and politics. He served for over 34 years on the Executive Council of the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, and was on the Sealaska board of directors. He also was involved with a wide variety of civic affairs in Sitka. As a Tlingit culture bearer, Mark Jacobs, Jr. was regularly consulted about Tlingit history, language, and traditional knowledg. He passed away in 2005. For more about Mark Jacobs, Jr. see his obituary in the Anchorage Daily News newspaper.

Date of Birth:
Nov 28, 1923
Date of Death:
Jan 13, 2005
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