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Bertha Ulvi

Bertha Ulvi

Bertha Ulvi is a Han Athabascan elder from Eagle Village, Alaska who was born in 1944 to Louise and Josie (Susie) Paul. Her mother's parents were Eliza and Joe Malcolm of Eagle Village, and her dad’s parents were Elizabeth and Paul Josie of Old Crow, Yukon Territory, Canada. She grew up in Eagle Village and living at Snare Creek and the Coal Creek mining camp where her father was working. They lived a traditional subsistence lifestyle based on fishing, hunting, trapping and berry picking in the region. She spent many summers with her grandparents, where Han and Gwich'in were the only languages spoken. Her sisters are Ethel Beck and Ruth Ridley. Bertha attended primary school in Eagle, went to Chemawa Indian School in Salem, Oregon for high school, and returned to Eagle Village where she worked for many years as a community health aide. In the 1970s, she married Dana Ulvi, who came to the area from the Lower 48 looking for a simple life of living off the land and who later worked for the National Park Service. Together they lived in remote cabins, followed a seasonal subsistence lifestyle of fishing, hunting, and gathering, ran a trapline, and raised their children. They later divorced.

Storyteller Language Profile Interview with Bertha Ulvi, Ethel Beck, and Karma Ulvi (Doyon Foundation, March 29, 2022)

Date of Birth:
Aug 7, 1944
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