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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Kasukuak - Akhiok
Kasukuak - Akhiok Kasukuarmiu’ak taugkuk. - Those two are from Akhiok. Surrounded by grassy hills and tundra flats, Akhiok is Kodiak’s southernmost Alutiiq village. The present location of this remote community, ninety miles from the City of Kodiak, was settled in 1881. Additional residents moved here from Kasukuak in nearby Humpy Cove. The original community was a sea otter hunting settlement established by Russi...
Sep 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Cimiyuq - Cilrayuk - Dragonfly
Cilrayuk - Dragonfly Cilrayuk alingtaakait. - They used to be afraid of the dragonfly. Did you know that Alaska has an official insect? In 1995, the state’s school children awarded the dragonfly this special honor. The four-spotted skimmer (Libellula quadrimaculata) took the prize. Like the other 30 species of dragonflies in Alaska, this insect can eat up to 600 flies or mosquitos a day and it is a spectacular fli...
Sep 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Masiqsiraq - Port Lions
Masiqsiraq - Port Lions Elltuwaqa Masiqsirami skuuluqutartuq.- My granddaughter is going to go to school in Port Lions. On Friday March 27, 1964, life changed dramatically for the residents of Afognak village. A magnitude 9.0 earthquake ripped open the sea floor off the coast of Kodiak, creating a series of tsunamis that devastated the village. Residents were forced to evacuate as seawater engulfed the community. ...
Sep 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Muuguaq - Watermellon Berry
Muuguaq - Watermellon Berry Muuguat amlerpianitut maani, allrani kesiinikuutaartukut, piturnirtut. - There are not many watermelon berries around here, but sometimes we find them, and they’re delicious. The watermelon berry (Streptopus amplexifolius) is a slender, tall, leafy shrub. It grows to about three feet tall and can be found in woods, alder thickets, and meadows across the southern half of Alaska. A member...
Aug 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alutiiq Word of the Week:
Nagaayuq - Refuge Rock; Fortress Nagaayuq Ikani et’uq. - There is a refuge rock over there. To protect their families from raiders, Alutiiqs built temporary settlements at the top of precipitous cliffs and small, rocky, cliff-bound islands. These strategically located refuges were designed to repel attackers. Here, families prepared shelters and stockpiled supplies. When communities feared aggression, they retreat...
Aug 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Cimiyuq - Trade; Exchange
Cimigiuq; Cimiyuq - Trade; Exchange Suuget cimiutut. - People are trading. Alutiiq communities obtained resources and formed alliances by exchanging foods and raw materials. In good weather, people traveled by skin boat to neighboring communities to share their surplus goods and barter for items. Trade with the Alaska mainland was particularly important. Here, Kodiak Islanders could obtain resources not locally av...
Aug 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Naut'staat - Plants
Naut'staat - Plants Ilait naut'staat yaatutaartut. - Some plants are poisonous. Kodiak Island is often called Alaska's Emerald Isle, a nickname that reflects its thick carpet of green summer plants. Abundant rain, mild temperatures, and long summer days combine to make the region's mountains and meadows exceptionally productive for plant growth. There are about 650 known species of vascular plants in the archipela...
Jul 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Carwaq - Current
Carwaq - Current Carwaq tukniuq. - The current is strong. Perched on the edge of the continental shelf, the Kodiak Archipelago lies in the path of the Alaska current. Driven by wind and freshwater, this warm oceanic flow courses out of the central Pacific and circulates counterclockwise along the Gulf of Alaska’s coast. This current, and Alaska’s high coastal mountains, shield the gulf from the cold climate of Ala...
Jul 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Unganuuk – Uganik Island
Unganuuk – Uganik Island Gui ataaqa Unganuuni suullria. – My father was born at Uganik Island. Uganik Island is a large, mountainous landmass on the western coast of the Kodiak Archipelago. It is the eighth largest island in the Kodiak region, covering approximately fifty-seven square miles. The island trends northwest to southeast, forming the northern limit of the Uganik Bay region and creating the southern coas...
Jun 27, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Nunam Kalikaa
Nunam Kalikaa – Map Ikuk’gka kalikami. – I found it on the map. The Alutiiq word for map, nunam kalikaa, literally means “the land’s paper.” Although maps and marine charts are important to modern hunters and fishermen, they are recent navigational tools. For thousands of years, Alutiiq people stored information about the landscape in place names and stories. Eighteenth-century Russian fur traders made the first m...
Jun 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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