Angayuqaq Oscar Kawagley

Angayuqaq Oscar Kawagley was born at Mamterilleq (now known as Bethel, Alaska). His parents died when he was two years old, so he was raised by a grandmother. Yupiaq was his first language, as his grandmother could not speak English. The grandson caught the tail-end of the Upper Stone Age fromwhich his grandmother and Yupiaq people emerged into the modern age. He is now researching and trying to find ways in which his Yupiaq people’s languageand culture are used in the classroom to meld the modern to the Yupiaq thoughtworld. Dr. Kawagley, who holds a Ph D from the University of British Columbia, serves as associate professor of education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Liberal Arts. He has been executive director of several nonprofit corporations, including ESCA Corporation, an earth science and remote sensing consulting company, and Calista Corporation, a native regional corporation; and project director of the Indian Education Act Program, Anchorage Borough School District.