My name is Joe ('Wáats'asdiyei) Yates, and I am a part of the Yawk'laanaas tribe. I come from the Brown Bear House and belong to the Raven moiety. My grandmother is Kaats Dang (Two deer), and My mother's name is Guulaakiihla (Abalone Dish). My name is 'Wáats'asdiyei (Joe Yates). My Grandfather's name is Ralph. My father's name is John, and My wife's name is Aciviran. My daughter's name is Nayak'aq Yaahl. My son's name is Skil Arri'aq.
I am an Associate Field Producer and a Story Work Producer for the National Geographic show: Life Below Zero: First Alaskans. I am also a Writer for the PBS KIDS show Molly of Denali. I decided to start my own film business by combining my passion for culture and filmmaking. Our mission is to portray our people, Alaskan Natives, with representation in front and behind the cameras. We ensure that these stories are told accurately and highlight our traditional values.
Feel Free to browse around the website. If you want to know more about my journey on how I got here, I have my personal written in my blog.
'Wáats'asdiyei Joe Yates