Sunday, February 3, 2013

My Yup'ik Namesake

I was named by Clem Joseph after his mother Itegmikalria. I was given her name in August of 2010 when I first moved to the village. In the Yupik way, he is now my son and I am an "elder's elder" so some people in the village call me Auntie or Grandma. Clem told me it means a precious gift from God. I'm pretty sure Jana also means that same thing. He has also told the students that I was called to the village for a reason to teach and also learn from others. I believe that, too. I'm proud to carry her name.

3 comments:

  1. That's awesome! What a neat "heritage".

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  2. Totally awesome! What a small world, I lived in Alakanuk back in the late 80's when I was just a boy. I still have two brothers that I believe still live there, Allen and Ernie Hanson. If you know them, or know someone that does, tell them their little brother Josh says hi. Too cool!

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  3. This was such a special honor from an elder. How old is Clem? I admit I was startled when we were up there, and women older than me called you "Auntie."

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