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Neva Rivers

Neva Rivers

Neva Rivers (Paniyagaq) was born in 1920 in Hooper Bay. She was a speaker of the Cup’ik language, which is the Hooper Bay-Chevak dialect of Yup’ik. She passed away September 28, 2012. Mrs. Rivers made birdskin parkas and other types of traditional, and taught these skills to others. She has worked as a teacher, a VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) volunteer, and board member for various organizations. In addition, she was a traditional counselor for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation, retiring after 14 years of service at the age of 84. 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]