Tommy was born May 16, 1941 in Aklavik. He comes from a long line of well-known Gwich’in people: Enoch Moses is Tommy’s great-grandfather. Enoch is the father of Jane Leland the mother of Tommy’s mom Gladys. Annie Stewart is Tommy’s greatgrand-mother and her brothers were Old Charlie Stewart and Kenneth Stewart. As a young boy,Tommy’s family lived nine miles below the mouth of the Peel, on the Mackenzie River. Tommy used to trap with his dad.