.Helen Alten, Cultural Department Director, is the former Director of the Haines Sheldon Museum, which she led for 6.5 years. She has degrees in Classical Archaeology, and Archaeological Conservation and Materials Science. She wrote the grants to fund the new cultural and language programs. She has worked with tribes throughout the United States since 1986 on NAGPRA, collections storage and care, construction of cultural centers, and training staff for cultural centers. She has taught workshops and consulted with Alaska tribes since 1989 when she worked as the State Conservator for the Alaska State Museum. Since then she provided workshops for the National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (NATHPO), the Smithsonian Institution Museum of the American Indian, and Keepers of the Treasures in South Dakota. As a material scientist she is fascinated by how cultural heritage objects are made and used. In 1993 she published an education article for the Materials Research Society, “Interweaving Traditional and Modern Science for Adult Education,” describing how basketry cleaning and repair workshops in Alaska taught biology, chemistry and physics to adult learners. She has a passion for the material culture of our area and wants to see its production become a viable economic generator for Jilkoot Aani.


Deborah (Deb) Corso, Language Coordinator, joined the Chilkoot Indian Association in April 2022. Prior to joining CIA, she worked for the Alaska Association for Early Childhood and Infant Mental Health and Project Compass where she managed marketing, developed newsletters, created surveys, managed website content, and assisted with strategic planning and implementation. She has an MA degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in Arctic and Northern Studies and graduated magna cum laude in Liberal Arts with an emphasis on Anthropology and Creative Writing from the University of Alaska Southeast. She studied with Richard and Nora Dauenhauer, Ernestine Hays, and Judith Ramos. Deb is a creative problem-solver and team player. She has managed grant projects, developed programs, and created learning kits. Her university studies focused on Native Alaska cultures, including Lingít language and culture. She has a strong background in social media marketing.


Cindy Price-Hagwood, Education Coordinator, joined CIA in May 2022.  A member of the talented Price family, she will develop community and school workshops based on three annual themes: Year 1-Formline; Year 2-Carving; Year 3-Weaving.