About the Author

Morrigan Marie Moon is an enrolled Tlingit Indian and the great-granddaughter of Marie Orsen, the first recording secretary and the only female founding member of the Alaska Native Brotherhood. Her Tlingit name is Yaayaaginaxix and she is Eagle Killer Whale clan, Dorsal Fin House of Chilkat Indian Village in Klukwan, Alaska.

She grew up in San Diego, California and Oahu, Hawaii, but moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, home to the second-largest community of Tlingit Indians outside of Alaska, to attend SF State University. Graduating with a degree in American Indian studies, she also took extensive coursework in Biology, Anthropology, and Environmental Studies, and had internships in Archaeology, Marine Biology, and Indigenous Food Conservation. When she wasn’t doing coursework or interning, she helped organize on-campus events with the Student Kouncil of Intertribal Nations, including the yearly SFSU powwow and the powwow for Native American Prisoners held at San Quentin Prison. She also volunteered her time at Oakland’s InterTribal Friendship House and the Marine Mammal Rescue in Marin County.

Before leaving the Bay Area she was a guest lecturer at the DeYoung Museum and at SFSU’s Annual Human Rights Summit on the topic of “Persistent Organic Pollutants and the Indigenous Peoples of the Arctic.” From there she moved on to pursue her Master’s Degree in American Indian Studies at UCLA and worked at the Fowler Museum, processing objects subject to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

After completing her thesis, she worked for her tribal corporation, Sealaska, as office administrator in their San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle offices. Currently in Northern San Diego County, it is her goal to move back to Oregon or Washington to pursue a life as a blogger and homesteader.

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