Elders as Teachers

From 1996 to 2004, Association of Interior Educators held camps throughout the Alaska Interior along the side of many rivers. At each camp a cadre of Elders from that area taught the 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 the Elders, AINE would not have been successful in publishing Indigenous Teacher Resounce Books and Curriculum Units. We are forever indebted to Our Elders for teaching us our Native Ways. The following is a list of Elders who imparted their traditional knowledge.

1996 Old Minto Academy

  • Reverend Chief David Salmon

  • Johnson & Bertha Moses

  • Neal & Geraldine Charlie

  • Evelyn Alexander

  • Ellen Frank

  • Catherine Attla

1999 Huslia Academy

  • Butch Yaska

  • Steven Attla

  • Eliza Jones

  • Catherine Attla

2002 Arctic Village Academy

  • Dr. Rev. Gwich'in Traditional  Chief Trimble Gilbert

  • Maggie Roberts

  • Florance Newman

1997 Dinyea Academy

  • Reverend 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

  • Reverend 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