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Joseph "Joe" Demantle, Sr.
Joseph "Joe" Demantle, Sr. was Yup'ik and born in 1929 to Louise and Joe Demantle in Akiak, Alaska. Joe grew up living a traditional subsistence lifestyle based on hunting, trapping and fishing. From his years of living on the land and traveling by dogteam, Joe learned the traditional place names and important navigation and survival skills. He married Lucy (Wassillie) from Akiachak and eventually they settled in Tuluksak, where Joe worked as a maintenance man at the school from 1966 to approximately 1985 in order to support his family. He also served in the Alaska National Guard. Joe raised sled dogs for his own transportation, but also ran a couple of dog sled races around the villages. He used his best seven dogs for the races. Joe Demantle, Sr. passed away in 2010.
Biographical information provided by Freda Alexie of the Yupiit School District.