Citation for Woodrow W. Morrison
We are pleased to offer this citation to celebrate the achievements and life of Woodrow W. Morrison, a well respected Haida Elder.
Woodrow, affectionately known as Woody, was born a Raven of the Brown Bear House, in the Two-Finned Killer Whale Clan. He was the fourth child of nine children.
Woody was born to Viola Nakatla Morrison and Paul D. Morrison on February 3, 1913. He was the first child born in Hydaburg. He was named after Woodrow Wilson, then President of the United States.
Woody has lived in Alaska all of his life, most of those years as a commercial fisherman. He started commercial fishing at the age of fifteen. Woody has been a resident of Alaska during Alaska’s years as a possession, a territory and a state.
In 1937, Woody left Alaska to attend the Sherman Institute, an Indian boarding school in Riverside, California where he met his wife-to-be, Virginia Elsie Cloud. Virginia, a Cherokee, was eventually adopted into the Haida Double Head Eagle Clan of the Whale House. Together they had eight children, seven of whom are still living. Some of Woody’s children have earned Juris Doctorates, PhD’s and Masters Degrees from universities in the United States.
Woody is one of the few Haida Elders in Alaska who speaks the Haida language fluently.
Woody and Virginia raised their children in Hydaburg and served the community in many different ways. For example, Woody served as a member of the Hydaburg City Council and Virginia was the City Magistrate.
We are pleased to join Woody’s family, friends and the Community of Hydaburg to recognize his lifetime contributions and achievements.
Representative Albert Kookesh Senator Georgianna Lincoln
Dated: July 23, 2003 (Photos)