Huntington, Mary

mary huntingtonBA, Inupiaq Cultural Arts

Mary Huntington teaches high school math and first grade reading at Shaktoolik School.  She taught kindergarten for four years in her hometown of Shishmaref, Alaska.  Mary uses both traditional Inupiaq and western methods of teaching and learning.  Like her mother and late grandmother, she is a master of skin sewing and beading, primarily making traditional Inupiaq winter clothing for her family and for sale.

Mary was a founding member and leader of the Inu-Yupiaq Dancers, creating this student club at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in the mid-1990s.  She also led the Shishmaref Eskimo Dancers, performing at various functions throughout the state.  Mary has a wealth of knowledge about the Native cultures of Alaska, particularly Inupiaq.  With both Eskimo and white heritage and having spent most of her life in Rural Alaska, with some time in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Sitka, Mary connects with teachers in a wide variety of circumstances.