Native American Heritage Month: Elizabeth "Libby" Watanabe

Posted: Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Age: "A lady should never be asked her age."

Residency: Juneau.

Tribe, moiety, clan: Part Tlingit, part Haida and part Tsimshian; on the Tlingit side, Raven (Yeil), Coho (L'uknax.adi).

Position: Health systems analyst with SEARHC.

Hobbies: Sewing regalia, Ravenstail weaving, cedar and spruce traditional weaving; spending time with my family, Clint and Justin.

Quote: "Being Alaska Native means walking in two worlds - the cultural world and the modern world. The challenge is to adhere to our cultural knowledge, values and beliefs while still working and excelling in the modern world and making a positive difference and contribution to not only the Alaska Native community but the larger community."

• The Juneau Empire will profile a different member of Juneau's Alaska Native community each day during November. To be profiled, e-mail Please include a name and phone number.

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