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
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
Nominated for: Numerous titles published
featuring local authors and others.
Website: www.lksd.org 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:
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
Bev Williams, Director
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
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