Susie AbrahamSusie Abraham
By Victoria Demmert

Susie Bremner Abraham was born on October 24, 1901 in Chilkat on the Bering River about 50 miles southeast of Cordova to John and Mary Bremner. Her father was Chief John of the Galyex KagwaanTaan, Eagle moiety.

She is the granddaughter of John Bremner from Scotland who led the first expedition up the Copper river with Lt. Allen.

She spent her early childhood in Katella and later attended the Salem Indian Training School in Oregon from 1911 to 1915. After her schooling in Oregon she moved to Yakutat. After her parents died in 1918, she went to Sheldon Jackson School in Sitka.

She soon moved back to Yakutat to become a Tlingit traditional bride; a marriage arranged by her aunt, Mrs. Jennie Kardeetoo. In the manner of her people, she became the bride of Olaf Abraham, hereditary chief of the Aantlein River Teikweidee, Golden Eagle moiety.

Susie Abraham was a life-time member of the Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 13, serving in many different capacities including President, when Yakutat hosted the 1930 ANB-ANS Grand Camp Convention. She was a life-time elder of the Presbyterian Church, a member of the Covenant Church choir for many years and also a member of the Lakeside Chapel Assembly of God Church.

Susie Abraham Article PicThrough her contribution much of the history of the Yakutat-Katella is documented and preserved. She is a contributing author/informant to “Eyak Legends of the Copper River Delta, Alaska” and “Chugach Archaeological Inventory for Controller Bay”.

She was a commercial fisherwomen for most of her life. She gathered and preserved subsistence food, crocheted, beaded regalia, was a member of the St. Elias Tlingit Dancers and wrote and translated letters, catalogue orders, and other material for her friends and neighbors.

She lived a full and happy life and leaves behind a stronger legacy for her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and future generations to follow.