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SSG Online Parent Conference Series 2020: The Importance of Culture in Leading a Person-Directed Life
June 24, 2020 @ 2:00 pm
Session 4: The Importance of Culture in Leading a Person-Directed Life – Colleen “Yaari” Walker
Listen to Yaari as she shares her experience of moving from rural Alaska to Anchorage. Through her story, attendees will learn about maintaining culture, the challenges created by existing systems or ways of thinking, and how to create balance in leading a person-directed life.
Read more about Yaari’s experience by reading her writing, “Aatak Ayguumun Angwaaghnaqi – Keep Paddling Against the Wind.”
BIO: My name is Colleen “Yaari” Walker and I am St. Lawrence Island Yupik (aka Siberian Yupik) from Savoonga, St. Lawrence Island, Alaska. I am a mother of seven and wife of Marq Walker of High Point, North Carolina, who is the son of Larry and Carlene Walker. Our clan is Aymaaramka on my father Herman Toolie’s side. My mother is Esther Pungowiyi-Toolie of the Qiwaghmii clan. I am a tribal healer. Our passions are to help people all walks of life, ride our motorcycles, play pool, and to spend time with our family. I also enjoy teaching the traditional values of our people.