Published on January 21, 2013 by Amy
Pauline Dushkin was born in the village of Nikolski, to Steven and Dora Bezezekoff. As a young lady during World War II, she was evacuated along with her family and other villagers to internment camps in Southeast Alaska. Her mother passed away while in the internment camps, and she assumed the role of motherhood in raising her siblings, there and upon returning to Nikolski.
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In 1955 she married Valentine Dushkin, they celebrated nearly 50 years of marriage and raised 6 children, John, Dora, Marsha, Clara, David, and Susan. Val passed away in 2005, and he is still dearly missed by all that knew him.
Pauline learned the cultural ways of becoming an Unangan lady. Pauline mastered Unangan basket weaving and to this day still weaves beautiful Aleut baskets. She not only passed basket weaving down to her children, but she has also passed on the Unangan language to them also.
Pauline was the Health aide in Nikolski for 25 years and also an active school board member for many years with the Nikolski School. In 1995 she retired as Health Aide and today, still resides in Nikolski where she is active in the community and is the eyes and ears for Peninsula Airways.
Her proudest and cherished times are contributing to the activities at the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Nikolski. She is a loving and devoted mother and grandmother to her children and grandchildren, many whom reside throughout Alaska and the lower 48. She is the kindest and caring person you’ll have the pleasure of meeting. She is an Unangan lady, mother and community leader, bringing a high level of respect in her village and through the Unangan region.
The Aleut Corporation Board of Directors on behalf of the Aleut Shareholders, congratulate you on becoming the 2007 Aleut Elder of the Year. Congratulations Pauline…