All of Us

Transforming western and Indigenous fisheries and marine sciences together



Tamamta, a Yup’ik and Sugpiaq word meaning 'all of us', is centered on elevating 14,000+ years of Indigenous stewardship and bridging Indigenous and Western sciences to transform graduate education and research in fisheries and marine sciences.


This program is motivated by the deep inequities that persist in the education and resource management systems in Alaska. While Alaska Natives make up nearly 20% of the state’s population, less than 3% of students and less than 1% of faculty in our college are Alaska Native. There is a near complete absence of Alaska Native people in state or federal resource management bodies, and a near complete absence of Indigenous knowledge being taught or guiding management. We want to change this!

In the Tamamta Program we are trying to transform our whole approach to education, research, and management. Our team builds on years of cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary work to address pressing questions of equity and sustainability of life and relations in Alaska. Our fellows will use a co-production of knowledge (bridging Indigenous and Western knowledge) approach to explore key questions in our fisheries and marine and ocean systems.

Indigenous students are the heart of our program.

Elizabeth Mik' Lindley on the Kuskokwim

Tamamta Fellow Elizabeth Mik'aq Lindley (Yup'ik) holds a sayak

(red salmon) on the Kuskokwim River, 2017

We are Tamamta

Nice to meet you! We hope you can join us.

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We welcome additional UAF faculty to join us.

If you are interested, we will share our program proposal and schedule a meeting to ensure

alignment of goals and perspectives.

Send us an email at info@tamamta.org 


Join Us!

The 2023 application period to become a Tamamta fellow is OPEN through

January 17, 2023.

Learn more and apply today!


Check out the events page to RSVP to an informational Zoom meeting on

December 6th, 2022 to learn more.


Program Support



The Tamamta Program is supported by the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) and Navigating the New Arctic programs (NRT: NNA: Tamamta (All of Us): Transforming Western and Indigenous Fisheries and Marine Sciences Together; award number 2022190).

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