Featured Presenters - Episode 2
Margaret David (Koyukon Athabascan), CNM Alaska Native Medical Center
Gee’eedoydaalno se’ooze, dehoon gissakk kk’e hełde Margaret Olin Hoffman David seznee. Tleyegg’e hūt’aane eeslanh. Bedzeyh te hūt’anaa eslaanh. Tlaa ologhe hut’aanh eeslanh dehoon Anchorage lesdo.
Margaret Olin Hoffman David was born and raised in rural Alaska. She grew up spending summers at her grandparent’s fishcamp on the Yukon River and is rooted by her Koyukon Athabascan culture. Through 12 years of working in tribal and rural community health promotion and program management, birthing her family, volunteering as a doula, and healing through Native ways of knowing, she realized her call to midwifery. The potential to heal ourselves, and our ancestors, during the transformation of childbirth is why she has chosen to dedicate her life’s work to midwifery. By becoming a Certified Nurse Midwife she hopes to expand perinatal community health programs and birthing options for rural Alaska Native women by remembering traditional practices and supporting more pathways for Indigenous birth workers. She lives in Anchorage with her partner and 4 children. She is a midwife at the Alaska Native Medical Center.
Autumn Cavender-Wilson (Wahpetunwan Dakota) Home Birth Midwife, Mother, and Artist
Wicanhpi Iyotan Win Autumn Cavender-Wilson is a Wahpetunwan Dakota mother, midwife and artist living and working near the Upper Sioux Reservation in illegally occupied Mnisota. A fierce decolonization activist, she has spent her life dedicated to indigenous language revitalization, cultural reclamation and broader liberation for her people. Seeing birth as a fundamental piece of traditional societal function and a seat of social power, Autumn works to highlight the perinatal period as a catalyst for social change in Indigenous communities.