Elders as Teachers

"We will be forever indebted to our Elders for teaching us our Native Ways."


From 1996 to 2004, the Association of Interior Educators (AINE) held camps throughout the Alaska Interior along the side of many rivers. At each camp, a cadre of Elders from that area taught teachers "Traditional Ways and Values". The student-teacher used the knowledge gained from the camps to develop curriculum units to be taught in the schools. Without the valuable knowledge and the giving nature of our Elders, AINE would not have been successful in publishing Indigenous Teacher Resource Books and Curriculum Units. The following is a list of our Elders who imparted their traditional knowledge:

1996 Old Minto Academy

  • Rev. Chief David Salmon

  • Johnson and Bertha Moses

  • Neal and Geraldine Charlie

  • Evelyn Alexander

  • Ellen Frank

  • Catherine Attla 

1999 Huslia Academy

  • Catherine Attla

  • Steven Attla

  • Eliza Jones

  • Butch Yaska 

2002 Arctic Village Academy

  • Dr. Rev. Chief Trimble Gilbert

  • Maggie Roberts

  • Florance Newman

1997 Dinyea Academy

  • Rev. Chief David Salmon

  • Lina Demoski

  • Elsie Pitka

  • Lillian Pitka

2000 Halfway Academy

  • Rita Esmailka

  • Paulina Stickman

  • Lawana Sommer

  • Crispin Esmailka

2003 Northway Academy

  • Flora Bergman-Johnson

  • Julius Sam

  • Martha Sam

  • Kenny Thomas

  • Harold Northway

  • Ada Gallen

  • Cora Maguire

1998 Black River Academy

  • Rev. Chief David Salmon

  • Lina Demoski

  • Johnson & Bertha Moses

  • Kenneth Frank

2001 Gaalee'ya Academy

  • Howard Luke

  • Paulina Stickman

  • Pauline Peters

  • Lina Demoski

  • Selina Alexander

​​(Cultural Expert)

2004 Rapids Academy

  • Edna Deacan

  • Hannah Maillelle