Tumaq Cody Pequeño
Indigenous Stewardship Fellow
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Cody Tumaq Pequeño was raised in Chevak, Alaska. His maternal grandparents are the late Albert Atchak & the late Cecelia Friday-Atchak. His paternal grandparents are Uvaldo Pequeño Jr. and the late Magdalene Ayagarak-Pequeño. He is the son of Richard and Mabel Peqeueño.
Tumaq has dedicated much of his career to working for the Tribes in his communities in Social Services, Suicide Awareness and Prevention with an emphasis on strengthening our youth. As a Y/Cup’ik Culture Bearer, Tumaq shares his knowledge with youth throughout the state at schools, community gatherings and culture camps. He was also instrumental in forming a Youth Traditional Cup’ik Dance Group.
Tumaq has served on the City of Chevak’s Council, the Bering Sea’s Elders Group, and as Second Chief on the Native Village of Chevak’s Tribal Council. He is also an alumnus of the First Nations’ Future Program Fellowship. Tumaq’s humor and cultural knowledge has found him emceeing at many events. He is most happy when he is traditional dancing, singing, hunting, fishing, and sharing his culture with anyone who is willing to listen to him.