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


From 1996 to 2004, the Association of Interior Native Educators (AINE) held camps throughout the Alaska Interior along the banks 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 these camps to develop curriculum units

to be taught in the schools. Without the valuable knowledge of our Elders and their loving giving nature, AINE would not have been successful in publishing Indigenous Knowledge Teacher Resource Books and Curriculum Units.

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Our Elder Camps

The following is a list of our Elders who have imparted their traditional knowledge in our AINE camps:


Old Minto Academy

  • Rev. Cheif David Salmon

  • Johnson & Bertha Moses

  • Neal & Geraldine Charlie

  • Evelyn Alexander

  • Ellen Frank

  • Catherine Attla 


Dinyea Academy

  • Rev. Chief David Salmon

  • Lina Demoski

  • Elsie Pitka

  • Lillian Pitka


Black River Academy

  • Rev. Chief David Salmon

  • Lina Demoski

  • Johnson & Bertha Moses

  • Kenneth Frank


Huslia Academy

  • Butch Yaska

  • Steven Attla

  • Eliza Jones

  • Catherine Attla


Arctic Village Academy

  • Dr. Rev. Chief

             Trimble Gilbert

  • Maggie Roberts

  • Florence Newman


Halfway Academy

  • Rita Esmailka

  • Paulina Stickman

  • Lawana Sommer

  • Crispin Esmailka


Northway Academy

  • Edna Deacon

  • Hannah Maillelle. 


Gaalee'ya Academy

  • Howard Luke

  • Paulina Stickman

  • Pauline Peters

  • Lina Demoski

  • Selina Alexander​      (Cultural Expert)


Rapids Camp Academy

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Elders as Teachers

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