Yaalirmiut Cakgwia'at (The Hero from Yaaliq)
Summary:Written in the 1970's by Walter Meganack Sr., translated by Derenty Tabios, and illustrated by Marvin Norman, this Sugt'stun story tells the tale of an unbeatable hero that faces a tragic end.
“Native people defend our culture, territory, people, and way of life.” – Lillian Elvsaas, Homer/Port Graham
“We are people of the ocean” – Tom Andersen, Cordova
“You can be a fierce warrior, but anyone has the ability to hurt you, so you have to keep your guard up.” – Chief William "Bill" Smith, Valdez
“Be careful of your actions, do not be cocky, things come back to you.” – Brandon Moonin, Tatitlek
“Keep loyalty and marriage to our tribe.” – Cheryl Eleshansky, Cordova
**These insights were shared during an Open Archive workshop on April 15th, 2022. All participants gave consent for their words to be recorded and shared.
People:Walter Meganack Sr., Marvin Norman, Derenty Tabios