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Commander Chakotay
Chakotay Race Human
Rank Commander
Status Returned to Alpha Quadrant in 2378 as First Officer of U.S.S. Voyager; previous status as Maquis commando and felon under review
Education Starfleet Academy, 2344-48
Biography
FEDERATION BIOGRAPHICAL DATABASE FILE: Chakotay

Year of birth: 2329
Parents: Son of Kolopak

A Native American descendant, this onetime Starfleet lieutenant commander resigned from his position as an instructor in Starfleet's Advanced Tactical Training in 2370 to join the Maquis, sparked by his father's death fighting Cardassians on the tribe's homeworld along the Demilitarized Zone. Chakotay is a gentle man but resolute, and is one of the Maquis who are truly in the fight for principle, not mercenary gain or violent outlet - as was one of his students, Lt. Ro Laren.

Today Chakotay looks to his spiritual Mayan background for inner comfort - and doesn't mind sharing that belief with others when asked, or even enduring some good-natured ribbing about it from Torres and Paris, among others. He uses a spririt guide summoned by his medicine bundle, prays to speak with his father for guidance, and uses a Mayan-descended medicine wheel for self-healing. With a mother suffering from ongoing neck muscle spasms, he is also reportedly an excellent masseuse.

However, he didn't always have such reverence for his ancestors' ways. His father, Kolopak, was insistent upon finding their peoples' ancestral home and did so in the Central American jungle in 2344, when Chakotay was 15. But the young man had already been casting his lot with Starfleet crews patrolling the border, and stunned his father on that trip with the news he'd be leaving the tribe to attend Starfleet Academy, after his newfound aquaintance Captain Sulu agreed to sponsor him, even at his young age. Despite that resistance, Chakotay did learn many survival skills from his father, such as building log cabins and fire-starting.

Chakotay's piloting skills trace back to extensive and early Starfleet Academy training. From a freshman course over adjacent North America, he went to Venus to master atmospheric storms and had yet another semester dealing with asteroids in the Sol asteroid belt.

The virtual estrangement between father and son lasted until 2371, when Kolopak died defending his home in the early days of Cardassian harassment, even as the final border treaty was being signed. Chakotay took to wearing his tattoo, a symbol of those jungle descendants, to honor his father, who wore it also; even his own name is a cherished gift from his tribe. Later, Chakotay reported considering archeology as a second occupation, either in the field or in academics.

Chakotay's people, tracing their lineage back past Mayans to the Rubber Tree People of Central America, resisted the intrusion of more technological societies until the devleopment of warp drive in the 21st century allowed them to leave Earth and find their own home for good. One 20th century forebear he knows of was a schoolteacher in Arizona.

Even today, its members avoid modern devices such as transporters wherever they can, and he was taught that nothing is personally owned, save the courage and loyalty in one's own heart. Despite his tribe's move, the adult Chakotay means Earth when he thinks of "home" - from the Arizona desert and the Baja California peninsula over to the Gulf of Mexico.

Known members of Chakotay's Maquis crew include B'Elanna Torres, Lon Suder, Kurt Bendera, Kenneth Dalby, Mariah Henley, (First Name Unknown) Ayala, (FNU) Hogan, (FNU) Jackson; Bajoran nationals Seska, Gerron and Jarvin; and a Bolian, Chell.

With an undercover agent from the crew of Captain Kathryn Janeway aboard, Chakotay's craft disappeared in the Badlands a week before Janeway's new U.S.S. Voyager itself was lost on SD 48307.5 and presumed destroyed.

File Update: Delta Quadrant Addendum
Appended by Capt. Kathryn Janeway, U.S.S. Voyager

The former Maquis leader has had his share of pains before: the revelation that Tuvok was Janeway's spy; the death of Kurt Bendera in a Kazon battle, after he'd helped in out in a brawl on Telfas Prime; and the defection of his former lover, Seska - whom he's further shocked to realize was a Cardassian spy all along in his Maquis crew, and who continues to manipulate that guilt.

Despite such trials, and his Maquis sympathies, Chakotay's own moral courage rings out as strongly as mine when the chips are down - and it is to his credit that he has accepted my command and enforced the embracing of Starfleet ways among his old crew fully and with vigor, including assuming equal discipline - and, I've heard, a right cross if necessary. And I am especially indebted that he convinced me to gamble on his nominee for chief engineer - although I must take the blame in overriding my convictions in seeking an alliance with the Trabe or Kazon as he'd suggested.

The convictions of both his people and Starfleet served him well when keeping his life and dealing with the Kazon boy Kar and his elders - and putting his own safety on the line to fake his death, saving Kar's naming honor. He apparently has more than one medicine bundle made up, or else he thought to take it with him in the rush to beam out with Kar.

Chakotay had seemed to be on the way to mending fences with Tom Paris when our ruse that couldn't include the commander had to be hatched to trap our Maquis informant to Seska; I know he was not only annoyed at the act but miffed that he was left out of the loop, but it did further the performance beautifully.

Checkout review update, Kathryn Janeway, SD 50100:

Seska is dead. Having secured our vessel once and for all from the recent short-lived Kazon take-over, I note not only Chakotay's heroics in securing our planetside position with the suspicious but sentient natives, but also his mixed mood in learning that Seska's child, presumed to be his, proved not to be. I only trust that Seska's demise will allow the commander to leave this phase of his life behind without guilt and manipulation.

Personal addenda, Level 1 classification, for SFC eyes only:

I write this after having spent six weeks quaratined alone with the commander on an immunizing Class M planet under threat of carrying a viral epidemic to the crew. While personal log are not the purview of this file entry, I feel compelled to comment on Chakotay's survival skills and his commitment to easing our personal burdens alone, before we had any hope of seeing our ship again. We likely have a long journey ahead of us, and I feel somehow invigorated that he and I have fostered such a smooth relationship. Where our personal feelings lie beyond that is an issue that must not interfere with crew safety and security, but there are times when I believe the commander, despite his best effort, gets downright jealous or giddy. -KJ
Actor Robert Beltran / Douglas Spain
Role Actor Episode
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 1.1: Caretaker I
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 1.2: Caretaker II
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 1.3: Parallax
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 1.4: Time and Again
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 1.5: Phage
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 1.6: The Cloud
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 1.7: Eye of the Needle
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 1.8: Ex Post Facto
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 1.9: Emanations
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 1.10: Prime Factors
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 1.11: State of Flux
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 1.12: Heroes and Demons
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 1.13: Cathexis
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 1.14: Faces
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 1.15: Jetrel
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 1.16: Learning Curve
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 1.17: Projections
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 1.18: Elogium
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 1.19: Twisted
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 1.20: The 37's
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 2.1: Initiations
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 2.2: Non Sequitur
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 2.3: Parturition
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 2.4: Persistence of Vision
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 2.5: Tattoo
Young Chakotay Douglas Spain 2.5: Tattoo
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 2.6: Cold Fire
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 2.7: Maneuvers
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 2.8: Resistance
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 2.9: Prototype
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 2.10: Alliances
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 2.11: Threshold
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 2.12: Meld
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 2.13: Dreadnought
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 2.14: Death Wish
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 2.15: Lifesigns
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 2.16: Investigations
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 2.17: Deadlock
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 2.18: Innocence
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 2.19: The Thaw
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 2.20: Tuvix
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 2.21: Resolutions
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 2.22: Basics I
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 3.1: Basics II
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 3.2: Flashback
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 3.3: The Chute
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 3.4: The Swarm
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 3.5: False Profits
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 3.6: Remember
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 3.7: Sacred Ground
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 3.8: Future's End I
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 3.9: Future's End II
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 3.10: Warlord
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 3.11: The Q and the Grey
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 3.12: Macrocosm
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 3.13: Fair Trade
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 3.14: Alter Ego
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 3.15: Coda
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 3.16: Blood Fever
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 3.17: Unity
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 3.18: Darkling
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 3.19: Rise
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 3.20: Favorite Son
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 3.21: Before and After
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 3.22: Real Life
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 3.23: Distant Origin
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 3.24: Displaced
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 3.25: Worst Case Scenario
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 3.26: Scorpion I
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 4.1: Scorpion II
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 4.2: The Gift
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 4.3: Day of Honor
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 4.4: Nemesis
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 4.5: Revulsion
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 4.6: The Raven
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 4.7: Scientific Method
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 4.8: Year of Hell I
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 4.9: Year of Hell II
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 4.10: Random Thoughts
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 4.11: Concerning Flight
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 4.12: Mortal Coil
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 4.13: Waking Moments
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 4.14: Message in a Bottle
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 4.15: Hunters
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 4.16: Prey
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 4.17: Retrospect
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 4.18: The Killing Game I
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 4.19: The Killing Game II
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 4.20: Vis a Vis
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 4.21: The Omega Directive
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 4.22: Unforgettable
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 4.23: Living Witness
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 4.24: Demon
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 4.25: One
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 4.26: Hope and Fear
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 5.1: Night
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 5.2: Drone
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 5.3: Extreme Risk
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 5.4: In the Flesh
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 5.5: Once Upon a Time
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 5.6: Timeless
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 5.7: Infinite Regress
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 5.8: Nothing Human
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 5.9: Thirty Days
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 5.10: Counterpoint
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 5.11: Latent Image
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 5.12: Bride of Chaotica!
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 5.13: Gravity
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 5.14: Bliss
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 5.15: Dark Frontier I
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 5.16: Dark Frontier II
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 5.17: The Disease
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 5.18: Course: Oblivion
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 5.19: The Fight
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 5.20: Think Tank
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 5.21: Juggernaut
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 5.22: Someone to Watch Over Me
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 5.23: 11:59
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 5.24: Relativity
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 5.25: Warhead
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 5.26: Equinox I
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 6.1: Equinox II
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 6.2: Survival Instinct
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 6.3: Barge of the Dead
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 6.4: Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 6.5: Alice
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 6.6: Riddles
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 6.7: Dragon's Teeth
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 6.8: One Small Step
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 6.9: The Voyager Conspiracy
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 6.10: Pathfinder
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 6.11: Fair Haven
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 6.12: Blink of an Eye
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 6.13: Virtuoso
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 6.14: Memorial
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 6.15: Tsunkatse
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 6.16: Collective
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 6.17: Spirit Folk
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 6.18: Ashes to Ashes
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 6.19: Child's Play
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 6.20: Good Shepherd
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 6.21: Live Fast and Prosper
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 6.22: Muse
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 6.23: Fury
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 6.24: Life Line
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 6.25: The Haunting of Deck Twelve
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 6.26: Unimatrix Zero I
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 7.1: Unimatrix Zero II
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 7.2: Imperfection
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 7.3: Drive
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 7.4: Repression
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 7.5: Critical Care
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 7.6: Inside Man
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 7.7: Body and Soul
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 7.8: Nightingale
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 7.9: Flesh and Blood I
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 7.10: Flesh and Blood II
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 7.11: Shattered
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 7.12: Lineage
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 7.13: Repentance
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 7.14: Prophecy
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 7.15: The Void
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 7.16: Workforce I
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 7.17: Workforce II
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 7.18: Human Error
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 7.19: Q2
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 7.20: Author, Author
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 7.21: Friendship One
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 7.22: Natural Law
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 7.23: Homestead
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 7.24: Renaissance Man
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 7.25: Endgame I
Commander Chakotay Robert Beltran 7.26: Endgame II