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George Bennett: Circle of Tradition


My name is George Bennett. I was actually born in Juneau on the 13th of April, 1945. I was pretty much raised in Hoonah. After my biological parents, Florence and Oscar Bennett, were divorced I was taken in by a couple of elderly individuals who I learned to call my parents. They were Fanny and David McKinley. They were the ones that raised me. I was one of four siblings. I have an older brother Charles, a younger brother Freddie and a sister, Beverly.

The folks that raised me are gone now. I grew up in Hoonah in the fifties and went to a Territorial school. Hoonah was a traditional community. The majority of the people there spoke Tlingit and that’...

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