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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Jan. 11
Kungyuk : Crested Auklet_ Kungyut amlertaallriit kangiyagmi. : There used to always be a lot of crested auklets in the bay. The crested auklet (Aethia cristatella), known by some as the sea quail, is a member of the alcid family, a group that includes auks, puffins, and murres. About two million of these sea birds live in Alaska, in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands, but they range as far as the Kurile Island of...
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Jan. 4
Kicarwik: Anchorage_ Kicarwigmen agkutartua ernerpak. I am going to go to Anchorage today. Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, lies 250 miles north of the Kodiak Archipelago, at the far northern end of Cook Inlet. In many ways, Anchorage is a gateway to the Alutiiq world. Airline flights to Homer, Cordova, Kodiak, and King Salmon, the major hubs in the Alutiiq homeland, originate in Anchorage. To enter or leave the ...
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Dec. 28
Mecuuluni : Wet_ Itganka mecuu’ut. : My feet are wet. In Kodiak’s cool, wet environment, staying dry is a constant battle. Alutiiq people, who thrived in this moist land for thousands of years before rubber boots and Gore-Tex, devised many ingenious ways to keep from getting wet. Hunters coated the sea lion skin coverings of their kayaks with oil to make them waterproof. Seamstresses fashioned lightweight, flexibl...
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Dec. 21
Naaqisuuteq : Book_ Naaqitaartukut. : We read (books). Alaska’s gold rush was followed by wave of scientific inquiry. As the state’s infrastructure grew and travel became easier, researchers made their way north to study everything from geology to wildlife biology. Anthropologists were among the researchers. In the early decades of the twentieth century, men and women interested in recording cultural traditions vi...
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Dec. 14
Ciquq : Ice_ Nanwat ciqumaut. : The lakes are frozen over. Kodiak may lie south of the frozen Arctic, but from 1852 to 1870, it was a known for its ice. In the 1850s, the California gold rush was in full swing, and the West Coast needed ice to preserve food. Russian-American Company officials saw an economic opportunity and established contracts to sell ice in San Francisco. Ice production began in Sitka in 1851. ...
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Dec. 7
Rausistuaq (n); ARusistuaq (S) : Christmas Guangkuta ARusistuartaartukut January-mi. : We always celebrate Christmas in January. Many of Kodiak’s Alutiiq families celebrate Christmas twice each year: American Christmas on December 25 and Russian Orthodox Christmas on January 7. Although both events commemorate the birth of Christ, they are quite different. American Christmas features decorations, feasting, gift-gi...
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Nov. 30
KaRmauniaq (N), KaRmuuniaq (S) : Accordion_ Nick kaRmuuniartaartuq. : Nick (habitually) plays the accordion. In the mid-twentieth century, dances were popular events in Alutiiq communities, and many villages held weekly dances. Fridays were sock hop nights, because Saturday evenings were reserved for religious services. Other dances might be scheduled around community events. During the Second World War, for examp...
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Nov. 23
Sungcarwik : Hospital TuugtaRaq sungarwigmen ag’uq.: The doctor is going to the hospital. Medical care in Alutiiq communities was once provided by two types of specialists: healers who treated the sick with heat, herbal medicine, and bloodletting, and shamans who realigning the ill with the spirit world. When new diseases arrived in Alaska with Russian traders, medical care expanded to include Western practices. I...
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Nov. 16
Ling’aklluku : Respect_ Atan ling’agu. : Respect your father. To Alutiiq people, the world is alive. It is a place where all things are aware of and sensitive to human action. Caring for this world requires respect: reverence for natural resources, recognition of the accomplishments of ancestors and a modest view of one’s place on Earth. Alutiiq people do not see themselves as conquerors of the land but as one com...
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Nov. 9
Qateriuq; Qat’riuq - Ptarmigan Amlertaallrit qateriut. - There used to be a lot of ptarmigan. Alaska is home to three varieties of ptarmigan, two of which live in the Kodiak Archipelago. The willow ptarmigan (Lagopus lagopus) inhabits low, wet tundra environments while the rock ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus) lives in rocky mountain habitats. Ptarmigan are small birds, weighing no more than a pound and a half. Biologist...
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