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Della Keats

Photo of Della Keats
Categories: 2009 Alumnae, Healer


“Worriness is a bad sickness, makes all people get sick.”

“All my life I wanted to let them know. We need a calm day, a happy day all the time.”

From urban hospitals to rural clinics, Alaskans knew Della Keats, an Inupiat healer, as one who possessed a special “power” for healing the sick. At an early age, Della Keats became interested in human anatomy and folk medicine. She healed many Alaskans through traditional knowledge, personal observations, and reflection. She loved to teach people her “inupaiq ways of wellness.”