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Faye Ongtowasruk

Faye Ongtowasruk

Faye Ongtowasruk was born in 1928 in Wales on the Western shore of Alaska in the Bering Sea region. She is a well-respected Elder and a member of the Bering Sea Elders Advisory Group. She has contributed to the work of the U.S. Park Service and Iñupiaq Sea Ice Dictionary. She also makes traditional dolls, parkas, leggings and mukluks, as well as teaching Iñupiaq dancing and language. To hear Mr. Ongtowasruk, among others talk about aqsraq, a high-kick ball, go to www.mnh.si.edu and click the YouTube icon, then go to the Living Our Traditions playlist. [Last updated in 2013]