A Nanwalek elder with substantial knowledge about Sugpiaq culture and traditions died last month. On April 21, Nick Tanape Sr. died from heart complications. He was 72-years-old.
A lifelong subsistence hunter and fisherman, Tanape was considered an expert on the subject.
Scott Bartlett is the curator of exhibits of the Pratt Museum. He said Tanape was integral to the development of several exhibits.
“He was very open and sharing and teaching all that he could with his community and with the wider community and visitors, a very generous man,” he said.