Heather Haven Evoy
2014 Bea Medicine Winner
I am a single mom and full time student at the University of Alaska Southeast Juneau campus. I am a senior and will be graduating spring semester 2015. I am in the Bachelor’s of Liberal Arts degree program with a primary focus in anthropology and secondary in environmental sciences. After completion of my undergraduate degree I will be pursuing my graduate studies through University of Alaska Fairbanks Northern Studies program. I am an enrolled member in both the Alaskan Tsimshian and Tlingit tribes. I am most closely affiliated with my Tsimshian Eagle clan history. My family is from the only Native reservation in Alaska, Metlakatla. I was raised between there and Ketchikan. I currently live in Juneau where I am able to further both my academic and professional career. I received a URECA fellowship award from UAS in 2013 to fund the start of my ethnohistory research in my home community of Metlakatla. I am really interested in environmental issues and the impact on subsistence activities and that is my primary focus in my current stage of Tsimshian research. I am currently in an internship with Sealaska Heritage Institute working with their archivist Zach Jones learning about everything from preservation, digitization, grant writing and repatriation. I will be directly working this summer with Metlakatla Indian Community and the Duncan Museum director, Naomi Leask in order to start repatriation proceedings from various museums across the nation. I am awaiting confirmation on a summer internship from First Alaskans Institute to apprentice under Smalgyax language instructor Terri Burr. I hope to further my own personal knowledge of my culture’s language in hopes to be a language instructor in future years and be able to learn to tie language in with environment. I received another URECA fellowship award in 2014 to research the possibility of shore pine migrating via ocean currents in the densely island populated area of Southeast Alaska and British Columbia. I am from Alaska so it is my home and think staying to learn locally has benefitted me greatly. I have been able to network with key cultural informants, academics and professionals that will be key in my future research and endeavors. Having a local indigenous perspective I think will allow me to contribute to the academic discourse involving my ancestral background and hopefully shape policy and educational opportunities for my community and other Native Alaskan communities.
Davina Two Bears
2014 Bea Medicine Winner
Davina Two Bears is a member of the Navajo Nation, and she is Tódíchíi’nii, Bitter Water Clan, and born for Táchii’nii, Red Running into the Water Clan. She is originally from Birdsprings, Arizona on the Navajo Reservation. Currently, Davina resides in Bloomington, Indiana with her children, where she is a doctoral student at Indiana University in the Archaeology of the Social Context PhD Program with a PhD minor in Native American & Indigenous Studies. Having worked for the Navajo Nation Archaeology Department for fourteen years as a student, archaeologist, and Program Manager, Davina gained an appreciation for her tribe’s rich culture and history embedded in the landscape. After graduating, Davina hopes to teach, and continue her research of Navajo historical archaeology, while completing meaningful cultural heritage projects on the Navajo Reservation for the benefit of her people and others.