Edward David 'Eddie' Jamestown

Posted: Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Edward David "Eddie" Jamestown, 76, died Dec. 5, 2003, in Seattle.

He was born Jan. 20, 1927, in Killisnoo to Alec Johnson (Teex'nei) and Alice Zuboff (Shk'uhaali). His mother died when he was an infant, so he was raised by his maternal grandparents, Moses (Geiskeidl) and Mary (Kaashdaa.at) Jamestown. He was from the Killerwhale Chasing Seal House in Angoon of the Dakl'aweid (Killerwhale Clan), and his Tlingit name was Yeinatax'w. He was a Deisheetaan yadi (a child of the Basket Bay Beaver Clan) and a Shangookeid dachxan (grandchild of the Wolf Clan from Klawock).

He moved to Seattle many years ago but remained active in commercial fishing. He fished for many years with the late Joe Bennett Sr. of Juneau and his family on the Arline and the Cherokee Maid. He was the last fluent male Tlingit speaker of his housegroup.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene.

He is survived by many first cousins, including Alice D'Cafango and Victor Jamestown of Juneau, Eli Jamestown of Angoon and Ruth Willard and Pat Marvin of Anchorage. He is also survived by Keet Naa Tlaa (Killerwhale Clan Mother), Margaret Abbott.

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