Nayilek umyuaqaat Yupiit Piciryaraitni

by Sophie Evan on February 20, 2013

Akallanek tarenranek Nayilgenkuk nuliaran-llu tarenrailragnek cautelragnek paivtut Yupiit Piciryaraitni. Uitaciqut Kayangut Anuutiit tekitnatkanun. Waniug qanemcia.
The Yupiit Piciryarait Museum opened a new exhibit featuring a Swedish man who left his mark on the Y-K Delta. Ludvig Ivald Ost was a centurion who lived a full life and died when he was almost 104 years old. He is remembered locally as Nayilek, or one with the sealskin parka. Ost was also a Covenant Church missionary, teacher, gold miner, magistrate and father.
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The Goldmines and Glory exhibit drew about 100 locals, including the Mayor and former mayor of Marshall. The Ost family included daughter Mamie, granddaughters Linda, Kay and Gail, and great-granddaughter Robin. Granddaughter Gail Phillips of Anchorage says her grammpa was orphaned as a very young child and had to fend for himself by collecting coal from the forests, before immigrating to America.

Cut 1 “gramma and grandpa came from Sweden, and then came to the Seward Peninsula as missionaries, and after my grandmother died, grandpa moved to Marshall, he was a missionary and also a magistrate, he was a teacher, preacher, and very involved with that area.” :38

Local elder Mrs. Eula David was a student of Ost. She says,

Eula Yupik, cut under narration, bring up at end.
Cut 3 “I remember him when he would arrive by dog sled, people would say Nayilek has arrived, he would go to the Qasgiq and preach the gospel, future leaders of the church would comment that Nayilek is speaking the truth, when Nayilek told stories about his travels he said that he was always so grateful when he saw that blackfish was served, especially when his stomach was empty, back then there were two hardships; the cold and hunger, no one was worried about money, he spread the gospel by dog team, no money, no airplanes, enduring the cold and hunger, and today we have many Covenant Congregations.”

Linda Doyle Conley, granddaughter, shared fond memories.

Cut 2 “our grandparents were big influences in our lives in many ways, our grandfather was a tough old Swede, that was no gray areas with him, it was either right or wrong.”

Ost ran a gold mine near Nome in his earlier days, which provided for his family and his missionary work. The Goldmines and Glory exhibit is funded by Donlin Gold and will be on display through May at the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center. Sophie Evan KYUK news.

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