The Athabascan Woman logo was designed by Cindy Shake Design.
The Athabascan Woman Blog logo was designed by Cindy Shake Design.

Angela Gonzalez is Koyukon Athabascan, a wife and a mother of two. She is from Huslia, but lives in Anchorage and works in the PR/communications field. She enjoys sharing photos and stories of life in Alaska, with a focus on Alaska Native culture. She’s a beader, writer, author and photographer.

The Athabascan Woman Blog is about Athabascan culture and Alaska Native topics. Stories of growing up in fish camp and life in the village and city are often shared. She also highlights Alaska Native people doing great things. Occasionally, a guest author shares a story, poem or video. 

Tanya Yatlin, editor and Angela Gonzalez, owner. Koyukon Athabascan sister. Photo by Janessa Gonzalez of Zen Lion Photography

Angela’s sister, Tanya Yatlin, is the editor of the Athabascan Woman blog. Tanya currently lives in Fairbanks, Alaska and works in early childhood development.

Angela Gonzalez by Janessa Gonzalez of Zen Lion Photography

An Alaska Native Introduction
I’m Angela Yatlin Gonzalez, originally from Huslia, Alaska. My Denaakk’e (Koyukon Athabascan) name is Łot’oydaatlno. My parents are Al and Eleanor Yatlin. My grandparents on my mother’s side were the late Edwin and Lydia Simon. My grandparents on my father’s side were the late George Frank, Minnie Yatlin and Alda Frank.

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  1. Whats zup Cuz!!!!
    Annaa baassee for the holiday card, you have a beautiful family!!! Wishing your warm blessings for the upcoming new year!!!! HUGS!!!!!

  2. Hello! What a beautiful site you have here! These are great stories!

    I have recently spent a few weeks in the Koyukon, in Allakaket. I tried very hard to write down many words in Koyukon, but I only have the phonetic spelling, not actually how to spell it. Do you know of a book or resource that could help me spell the words correctly? Also, there are many words which I am curious about, but I didn’t catch when I was listening to elders and it seems that the younger generation is beginning to forget the language they learned when they were young.

    I hope this message finds you in good spirit and may God Bless you for all your hard work!

    Annaa Baassee!

    1. Thank you Hollie. You might check the Fairbanks Daily News-miner website periodically for the Athabascan Word of the Week produced by Susan Paskvan (Koyukon Athabascan). Here is a link to one: http://newsminer.com/view/full_story/16950824/article-Celebrating-the-new-year-in-Huslia-with-a-potlatch?. This is also a great resource: http://www.ankn.uaf.edu/ANCR/athabascan.html. I know a lot of words, but don’t know the correct spellings. Maybe I’ll do a post on them sometime. Thank you for your comment!

  3. Hi I found your site while looking for information regarding my mother’s heritage. She was adopted and I would like to identify with my culture. She and her adoptive parents have passed on, making it very difficult to pursue the search. Thank you for sharing pieces of yourself through this blog:)

  4. nice site. my wife is adopted and it turns out her mother is Beverly Huhndorf, formerly of Galena. My brother-in-law is Joee Huhndorf, of Galena. My two trips there have been wonderful the past two summers.

  5. Hi, Angela. I love your blog logo! One of my students will be attending AFN. She’s a little nervous about speaking, but I’m sure she will do great. Thank you for all the good things you do for Athabascans everywhere. And thanks for revisiting Gwichyaa Zhee.

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