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Employment History

Cultural Heritage Coordinator
Kashunamuit School District

Cup'ik Cultural Leader and Actor

Web References (10 Total References)

Village Telegraph

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Dr. John Pingayak, who is the Cultural Heritage Coordinator at the Kashunamuit School District in Chevak and also serves on the KuC Advisory Council, was the first of many speakers to both congratulate and challenge the graduates.

Sprinkling his remarks with many Cup'ik and Yup'ik words to emphasize his admonition to value their heritage, Dr. Pingayak urged them not to regard their culture as a second remedy, but a first guide. Many times he heard the words, "Words will shape a young man as to how he will be in the future.
John did not think he was college-bound, but in 1972 he nevertheless started college with little money and few avenues of support. He never missed a class and now uses that education to teach young people. Some of the things that have shored up Dr. Pingayak throughout the years are his faith in his Creator, the rules of the ancestors and the conviction that Cup'ik and Yup'ik people can do anything they set their minds to.
Dr. Pingayak gave the audience two goals toward which they should strive.

Thursday, February 23, 2012 - Native ...

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Thursday, February 23, 2012 - Native in the Spotlight: John Pingayak: (listen) John Pingayak, a Cup'ik cultural leader and actor from Chevak, Alaska, is helping to turn Hollywood's eye to Alaska's Native culture in the blockbuster movie "Big Miracle" now showing in theaters. His name goes beyond the big screen, however.

Actors:Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski, ...

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Actors:Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski, Tim Blake Nelson, Ted Danson, Andrew Daly, John Pingayak, Ahmaogak Sweeney

On The Soap Box

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"This morning I had called my first cousin John Pingayak and we started talking about the drum beat, that beat of the drums, and I was describing what had happened and he was so happy and he was going to pass on that healing has started and healing has been released and he was going to tell everybody he can in the village of Chevak.

We had the pleasure of meeting with John Pingayak of Chevak recently. He spoke to us about his contributions to the movie "Everybody Loves Whales". Here is what he shared.
And also John, I don't know how to say his last name, he was an actor who was playing in the office.
Yup'ik actor John Chase of Bethel will also be appearing in "Everybody Loves Whales" along with Mr. Pingayak.

Search and Buy b letter movies

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Actors: Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski, Tim Blake Nelson, Ted Danson, Andrew Daly, John Pingayak, Ahmaogak Sweeney

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