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Merlin Koonooka

Merlin Koonooka

Merlin Koonooka was born and raised in Gambell on St. Lawrence Island Mr. Koonooka is a lifelong subsistence hunter and whaling captain, who serves on the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission since the 1980s. He also worked as a teacher in Gambell for 40 years before retiring. He currently serves as a Kawerak, Inc. board member. he also served as an exhibit advisor to the Living Our Culture exhibition. [Last updated in 2013]