Fred Machetanz, (1908-2002)
Oil on board
Collection of the Anchorage Museum, gift of Mrs. Levi browning, 1972.106.1
Mayugiak (Miowak) was the eldest daughter of the last chief of Unalakleet, and an important leader in her community. In the video, one of Mayugiak’s great granddaughters, Ella Anagick, provides a narrative about her life and relationship with Fred Machetanz.
In many communities throughout Alaska and the North, women hold powerful positions of leadership. Often, this leadership is cultivated and expressed through informal relationships: offering wisdom and counsel, delivering babies, teaching skills to young people, and caring for the elderly. Although it often goes unrecognized in history books, this leadership is critical for community health and survival.