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Joan Hamilton

Joan Hamilton

Joan Hamilton (Pirciralria) was raised Chevak, born 1942 and is spoke the Cup’ik dialect of the Yup’ik language. She passed away June 14, 2008. She had served as the Director of the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center and Museum in Bethel. Mrs. Hamilton had long worked in the field of alcohol and drug abuse prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation, and served as Substance Abuse Coordinator for the Alaska Native Health Board. She had also served on the board of the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska, worked with the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and authored the book Suicide Prevention: An Elder’s Perspective. Mrs. Hamilton received a B.A. in Medical/Psychological Anthropology from UCLA. To learn more about Yup’ik traditions, go to www.mnh.si.edu and click the YouTube icon, then go to the Living Our Traditions playlist. [Last updated in 2013]