Remembrance of Elders and Knowledge Keepers

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This section is devoted to the Elders and Knowledge holders, who are no longer here. Snowchange recognizes their life work and monumental contributions.

We light a candle and cherish the memory of these trailblazing individuals and honor them in this Remembrance section. These summaries have been approved and co-produced with the community and family of the person.

By clicking on the name, further information can be found.

Alaska Eyak

Chief Mary Smith Jones

Alaska Inupiaq

Elder Charles Edwardsen Jr, Etok

Cook Inlet

Elder Maxim Dolchok

Canadian Inuit

Elder Leah Otak

Maori

Elder Mahinekura Reinfeld

Elder Wiremu Karuwha Tahwhai

Elder Te Huirangi Eruera Waikerepuru

Australia

Elder, Dr. Tommy George

Siberia

Chukchi

Elder, Reindeer herder Petr Innokentievich Kaurgin

Elder, Handicrafts Master Anna Aleksandrovna Kaurgina

Reindeer herder Igor Kemlil and Family from Nutendli

Elders Jegor Nutendli and Akulina Kemlil, Nutendli

Evenki

Spiritual Leader, Elder Semion Stepanovich Vasiliev 

Teacher, Knowledge Holder Oktyabrina Naumova

Professor, Knowledge Holder Galina Varlamova

Elder Kim Stepanovich Nyestrov

Reindeer herder Vladimir Kolesov

Professor Anna Myreeva

Even

Professor, Elder, National Leader Vasili Robbek

Sámi

Reindeer herder, Elder Aslak Ola Aikio

Fisherman Teijo Feodoroff

Elder, Reindeer Herder Illep Jefremoff

Elder, Reindeer herder Jouni Moshnikoff

Finland

Fisherman, Elder Kalevi Vierikka

Winter Seiner Esa Rahunen

Scholar Leif Rantala

Elder Ilmari Martikainen

Fisherman Risto Hara

Environmentalist Markku Aho

Fisherman Pentti Linkola