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2006 HAIL Awards Celebration ProgramDownload the 2006 Awards Celebration Program

Honoring Alaska's Indigenous Literature:

2006 Award Recipients:

Linda Evans

Nominated for: Curriculum Development for Association of Interior Native Educators/Doyon Foundation
Published in 2003
Available on CD
Publisher information contact:
Ms. Joy Simon, Doyon Foundation

In 1992, Linda Evans earned her teaching certificate and took a job teaching elementary school in Rampart. Since then, she has returned to school to get her master’s degree, taught a year in Fort Yukon, worked for the Alaska Native Knowledge Network at the University of Alaska Fairbanks creating a curriculum database and spent three years developing culturally-based curriculum units through the Doyon Foundation and the Association of Interior Native Educators. In 2004, Linda became the superintendent of the Yukon Flats School District.

Linda initiated the curriculum development for AINE/Doyon Foundation. She helped to develop the following units that make up the Culturally-Based Curriculum Units CD: Living in the Chandalar Country, Interior Plant Project, Introduction to Athabascan Culture, Appreciating Caribou: Vadzaih, Athabascan Games, Athabascan Traditional Values, Fish Skin Boots and Geometry, Birch Bark Uses, Lookk’e in Their Seasons, Vadzaih, Athabascan Potlatch, and We Are Gwich’in.

Lower Kuskokwim School District, Academic Department

Nominated for: Numerous titles published featuring local authors and others.
Website: and go to material catalog to verify titles of books published.
Publisher information contact:
Joy Shantz at (907) 543-4929 for addresses of publishers.

Beverly Williams is the director for the Academic Department. Please read the following excerpt from the LKSD web site:

Camai! Welcome!

Once called Bilingual-Curriculum Department, we have changed the name to better describe our role.

Our primary goal is to help teachers and site administrators provide the best educational program possible for LKSD students in both Yup’ik and English. In order to meet this challenge, our responsibilities include all curriculum development and implementation, all state and district assessment, Yup’ik language and culture programs, staff development and instructional support through grants, training and on-site services.

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta is home to over 15,000 Yupiit (Eskimos). The indigenous Yup’ik language is spoken in at least 18 communities in the Lower Kuskokwim School District (LKSD). The majority of young children entering school in these villages speak Yup’ik as their dominant language. Cup’ig is spoken by Elders in the village of Mekoryuk. In the LKSD, Yup’ik/Cup’ig Language and culture are critical components of the district’s curriculum and instructional program for these reasons:

1.First language instruction and support in core curricular areas allow students to develop and “keep up” academically while learning English, a research based and OCR approved approach to English Language Development.

2. The Yup’ik language is valued as an important world language. The LKSD program supports students in meeting this state content standard, and supports communities in maintaining and strengthening their Native language for future generations.

Bev Williams, Director

Elizabeth Bernhardt-Pinson

Nominated for: Alaska’s Daughter
Publisher: Utah State University Press
Logan, Utah 84322-7800
Published in 2004

Elizabeth (Weyanna) Bernhardt Pinson was born and raised in the Bering Straits region. Her German father, Albert Bernhardt, and Inupiaq mother, Agnes, raised 13 children. Her grandparents came from Point Hope. Her mother was born in Wales, Alaska. From her marriage, Elizabeth has one son.

Mrs. Pinson wrote a book about the life she had in the Teller area. Her upbringing tells of the hardship she and her family had while living in a small village during the early 1900s. Elizabeth tells about the history of what happened during her life in Teller that includes the Norge flying and landing in Teller and meeting Ronald Amundsen, traveling in ships to get from one place to another, subsistence activities her family did throughout the years while living in Teller and the flu influenza.

Mrs. Pinson now lives in Marysville, Washington. Of her 13 siblings including herself, four are still living. From her son Michael, Mrs. Pinson has four grandchildren and three great-children. They all live in the state of Washington.

Mrs. Pinson still speaks the Inupiaq language. She is saddened to hear the language is dying. She would like the Inupiaq language to continue to be spoken by the younger generations.


Miranda Belarde-Lewis

Nominated for: Meet Lydia:
A Native Girl from Southeast Alaska
Publisher: Simthstonian National Museum of American Indian - Council of Oak Books
Third book in a series

Miranda Belarde-Lewis is Tlingit-Zuni with maternal heritage in the Southeast village of Hoonah. Miranda was a research assistant in the curatorial department of the National Museum of the American Indian. Like her niece, Lydia, she spent her summers back in Hoonah and Excursion Inlet with her family.

Miranda was born and raised Zuni in the Southwest. Miranda wrote poetry and did artworks for the Red Ink magazine and was a featured artist at IBM Corporation’s Native American Heritage Month celebration in Tucson, Arizona. She graduated from the University of Arizona in 2002 with a degree in cultural anthropology. Miranda is pursuing a graduate degree at the University of Washington in Seattle.

The book is about her mother’s niece. Lydia Mills who, in the summer, lives with her father at Excursion Inlet, a cannery. The rest of the year, she lives with her mother Jane Lindsey, director of the Juneau City Museum.

Miranda’s book represents the kind of books that should be out in public. The book is current, showing how Natives live today and not in the part as so many books depict the Tlingit. The book is factual, honest and tells the truth about Tlingit life today. We are still here and will continue to live into the far future.

Barbara Svarny Carlson

Nominated For:
Coordinator/Editor for Unangam Hitnisangin/Unangam Hitnisangis/Aleut Plants: A Region-Based Curriculum for Grades 4-6, available only on the Internet.

Barbara Svarny Carlson is the granddaugher of Charles and Alice Merculieff Hope (Unalaska) and Martin and Katherine Svarny; daughter of Samuel and Gertrude Hope Svarny; wife of Michael; mother to Erik and Mischa, grew up in Unalaska, and lives in Anchorage. Barbara earned a double BA in elementary and special education with a minor in psychology; she has done post-graduate work at UAA, UAF Aleutians, APU and studied Unangax language and culture with Moses Dirks, Gertrude Svarny, Nick Galaktionoff and Iliodor Philemonoff. Barbara taught in Puyallup WA, Kenai and Anchorage before stepping down as a formal educator to raise their sons. Heavily involved in their education, Barbara contributed during this same time to state and region by her participation with Keepers of the Treasures-Alaska, The Aleut Institute and the Association of Unangan/Unangas Educators, for which she was the first president. Actively involved as an AUE Board member, Barbara edits their newsletter. See:

April (Isiik) Laktonen Counceller

Nominated for: Culturally-based curriculum materials
Kodiak Alutiiq Language Conversational Phrasebook with audio CD
Publication date: 2005
Publisher: Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository
Publisher contact info:
215 Mission Road, Suite 101
Kodiak, Alaska 99615

As the Alutiiq Language Manager for the Alutiiq Museum in Kodiak, April has worked tirelessly to coordinate the efforts of the Qik’rtarmiut Alutiit Language Revitalization Program. With this project she motivates, inspires and teaches more than a dozen language apprentices who work with a dozen language masters to document and learn the language while also sharing with the interested public.

April has spearheaded the translation of numerous children’s books and a selection of songs into our language, and supported the making of the Alutiingcut movie. But more specifically, she has dedicated countless hours to develop the Talking Phrase Book and with an accompanying CD that is ready for publication and further distribution. To date this is the most comprehensive collection of recorded phrases and conversational Alutiiq made available to the public.




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Last modified August 14, 2006