Elder of the Year

Each year, Sitnasuak Native Corporation and the Sitnasuak Elders Committee honors an Elder for their many contributions and dedication to our community.  

In 2018, the Corporation and Elders Committee selected respected Elder Della Walluk for this recognition. 


Della Walluk 2018 Elder of the Year

Della was born on May 18, 1931, in Shishmaref, Alaska.  Her parents were the late John and Lena Ahnangnatoguk.  Della was one of their 13 children.

At the age of five her family moved from Shishmaref to Brevig Mission by dog team.  Della grew up and went to school in Brevig Mission.  Early on she began learning the traditional and subsistence lifestyle of her Inupiaq culture and learning to sew at a very young age.  She sewed seal skin slippers to help with the family income. 

In the early 1950’s, the family moved to Nome, Alaska.  In 1954 Della met and married David Scott Walluk.  David was also originally from Shishmaref.  Together they raised eleven children: seven of their own and four adopted.  Delia has nine grandchildren, and fifteen great-grandchildren.  She loves all children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and enjoys them all when they visit.

Della loves to go on car rides and going out to her camping grounds.  She loves to gather and prepare traditional foods.  She enjoys knitting and can still sew.  She is well known for her expertise in skin sewing, and her neatly done crafts.  Della has a strong faith in the Lord and has been a lifelong member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church, in Nome.  She loves to listen to old translated gospel hymns.

Della also believes in that sharing whatever you have available, God will return to you more abundantly. Her youngest son John is an example of her teaching and raising him in the subsistence lifestyle of hunting, sharing, and taking only what is needed. 

Della is honored with this recognition by Sitnasuak, thanks all and shares God Bless!