Percy Martin

Posted: Thursday, December 11, 2003

• Age: 66, born in Sitka.

• Moved to Juneau: When she was 15. Martin has worked as a teacher and a maid, and in hotels and canneries. Lately, she's been a presenter for Goldbelt tourists. She and her husband talk about Native traditions, food and regalia.

• Character she plays: Cecelia Kunz, her mother-in-law.

• Previous acting experience: Has been a song leader for dance groups and has acted in Celebration, an annual Native event, but has never acted in a play.

• On playing Kunz: "I think it's great. I like her storytelling. She uses a few Tlingit phrases. Cecelia has done a lot of things. She was one of the first to get women matrons in the jail. She helped start some of the radio stations. She started the Juneau Tlingit dance group in the 1970s. I think it helps to know the person."

• On the play itself: "It's a good learning experience for people who are new here to hear about things that happened a long time ago."

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