Claire Fejes

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Claire Specht Fejes (1920 – October 1998) was born in New York and trained in anatomy, stone-carving, and sculpture at the Newark Museum, Newark Fine Arts School, and the Students' Art League through the Works Progress Administration. She married Joe Fejes in 1942 and moved with him to Fairbanks, Alaska in 1946 where her husband took up gold mining. Fejes sketched and painted Alaska Native people, Inupiat and Athabascans, she also wrote books about her travels and life in Alaska.


  • Cold Starry Night: An Alaskan Memoir. 1996. Epicenter Press.
  • Enuk My Son. 1969. Pantheon Books.
  • The Eskimo Storyteller. 1999. Edwin S. Hall, illustrated by Claire Fejes. University of Alaska Press.
  • People of the Noatak. 1966. Alfred A. Knopf. 1994, re-released by Volcano Press.
  • The Villagers: Athabaskan Indian Life Along the Yukon River. 1981. Random House.

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