Gertrude Apaiya Analoak
Gertrude Apaiya Analoak was born November 17, 1940, on King Island, Alaska, then moved to Nome, Alaska in 1958. Gertrude was the second oldest child of Louis and Margaret Seeganna. Her siblings are Peter,Theresa, Stan, Ricky, Stella, Ayek and Rosemary. Gertrude's Eskimo name is after their grandmother Apaiya.
Gertrude married Walter Cabinboy Analoak Sr. on September 24, 1961.
Gertrude spent her time making traditional Native regalia such as oogithcalk, parkas, mukluks and crocheted blankets, hats, booties and gloves. When she was taking breaks from her Native crafts she would make ooshavuqtug, went green/berry picking and preparing traditional food and ensured we had frequent family
gatherings with a taste of home. She was also a member of the King Island Dancers and had the honor of traveling to Cincinnati, OH, and Washington, D.C. to perform and share our culture with others.
In addition to her crafting abilities, she worked at the women's shelter in Nome, Nome Elementary School cafeteria,
receiving home, Polar Cub, Fort Davis Roadhouse and North Star Restaurant.
She also collaborated with her mother, Margaret Seeganna in transcribing and translating “Ugiuvangmiut quliapyuit” King Island tales: Eskimo History and Legends of Bering Strait' in 1988, published by the Alaska Native Language Center, which is now recorded in the Smithsonian Libraries.
Gertrude was preceded in death by her mother and father, Margaret and Louis Seeganna; her five siblings Peter, Theresa, Stella, Ayek and Rosemary; her children Wally and Dolly; and her grandchildren Robin, Kevin, Roy, Jimmy Jr, and Eburlik.
She is survived by her brothers Stanley and Ricky; her husband Walter Cabinboy Analoak Sr; children Margaret (Bun-Bun), twins Delores and Doreen; Michelle, Christian and Walter Sr; and twenty grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren; along with numerous cousins, nephews, nieces and their children.