Native American Heritage Month Gail Dabaluz

Posted: Thursday, November 12, 2009

Age: 43.

Residency: Juneau.

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

Positions: Grant manager with the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development's Division of Community and Regional Affairs; University of Alaska Fairbanks graduate student focusing on Alaska Native and rural development; affiliated with the Alaska Native Sisterhood and various academic associations.

Hobbies: Spending time with family procuring our traditional foods, clan ceremonials and producing Tlingit artwork.

Quote: "By actively participating in our tribal and clan functions, one can gain a clear sense of identity. That sense of identity is built upon being a cultural practitioner, while upholding our time honored values."

• 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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