Kiminaq, Maddy Alvanna-Stimpfle is King Island Iñupiaq, born and raised in Nome, Alaska. Her parents are Bernadette Alvanna-Stimpfle and Jim Stimpfle. Kiminaq teaches in Iñupiaq to her Kindergarteners at Nome Elementary School.
In her free time she loves being outside, camping, hunting, gathering and having fun!
Maka is an Indigenous author, scholar, storyteller, poet, and performer from southeast Alaska. Tlingit, Filipina, and Kanien’kehá:ka, she was born in Anchorage and is from Yakutat, of the Raven moiety, Copper River Clan, House of the Owl. Her Tlingit name is Keixé Yaxtí meaning “Morning Star.”