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Rena Peterson

Rena Peterson

Rena Donna Melovidov Peterson was born in 1941 at Old Harbor on Kodiak Island and grew up in Kaguiak. Her parents were Walter and Tulia Melovidov. Ms. Peterson was only two when her mother died. She learned traditional healing practices and the uses of medicinal plants from her foster mother and mentor, Oleanna Ashouwak. [Last updated in 2006]