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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Qetgauwartaasqaq : Frog
Qetgauwartaasqaq : Frog, Toad
Qetgauwartaasqat allrani cungartaartut. : Frogs are sometimes green. The Alutiiq words for toad and frog are the same — qetgauwartaasqaq. This word literally means “thing always jumping.” Amphibians are rare in Alaska. The state’s naturally occurring herpetofauna includes just 6 species: two types of salamanders, one newt, two frogs, and one toad. Of these animals, only the wood frog ...
Sep 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alutiiq Word of the Week — Milk
Muluk’uuk (n); MuRuk’uuk (S) : Milk KuRuwamek muluk’uungtaartutkut. : We get milk from a cow.   Milk is a relatively recent addition to the Alutiiq diet, a fact illustrated by the Russian derivation of the Alutiiq words for milk. Although midwives brewed a tea from pineapple weed to stimulate the production of a new mother’s milk, and mothers nursed their babies for several years, cow’s milk was not widely used in...
Sep 07, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Taryuq (S); sauliq (N) : Salt
Taryuq (S); sauliq (N) : Salt Taryurtuu’uq una iqalluk : This fish is salty. Salt is an effective preservative because it can dehydrate plant and animal tissues and limit the growth of bacteria. This mineral was a valuable commodity during Kodiak’s historic era because it was used to process both animal pelts and fish. Early traders imported most of their salt. Although salt can be boiled out of seawater, the extr...
Aug 24, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kapuustaq: Sea Lettuce
Kapuustaq: Sea Lettuce Kapuustat cungartaartut: Sea lettuce (pl.) is always green The sea lettuce found in the Kodiak Archipelago (Ulva sp.) is a bright green, leafy, intertidal alga that thrives on rocky shores. This marine plant has smooth, transparent leaves with small holes that can grow up to a foot long. These leaves have a short stem, or stipe, that clings to rocks with a tough, fibrous hold on. This plant ...
Aug 17, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Anwik: Monk’s Lagoon

Anwik: Monk’s Lagoon
 Apaangcuk Anwigmi et’aallria.: Father Herman lived at Monk’s Lagoon. Monk’s Lagoon is a tiny, tree-ringed cove at the southeastern end of Spruce Island, about fifteen miles north of Kodiak harbor. It is named for Father Herman, a beloved Russian Orthodox monk who established a hermitage there in 1818. Father Herman ran a small school and an orphanage in Monk’s Lagoon, where he is believed to ...
Aug 10, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alutiiq Word of the Week — Learned One
Lisngasqaq : Learned One
 Gui lisngasqaq Alutiit’stun. : I am learned in the Alutiiq language. The Alutiiq word lisngasqaq is a respectful term, used in reference to someone who is considered wise. You might use this word to talk about a teacher, a mentor, or an Elder with the ability to share valuable knowledge. For example, young adults who are currently learning the Alutiiq language by apprenticing to fluent El...
Aug 03, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alutiiq Word of the Week — Buddy/pal/partner
Angayuk: Buddy/pal/partner Gui angayuka Kicarwigmen ag’uq.: My partner is going to Anchorage.   Throughout Native Alaska, friendships were an important source of economic assistance as well as a safety mechanism and a way to enhance wealth. In addition to forming friendships within their communities, many men and women established lifelong trading partnerships with people in distant places. There was no limit to t...
Jul 27, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alutiiq Word of the Week — Liver
Aariq : Liver Nerciquq aarimek. : He is going to eat liver.   People around the world enjoy eating liver. From liverwurst to fried chicken livers people savor its flavor and texture. Alutiiqs are no exception. Elders report enjoying a variety of wild game liver. They consider seal liver the best, followed by deer liver. Bird livers and fish livers are also delicious and long ago people ate bear liver, often raw. T...
Jul 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alutiiq Word of the Week - July 13, 2012
Yapuun’saaq: Japanese Person Yapuun’saat tailliit Attu-men.: The Japanese came to Attu. The Alutiiq word for Japanese person, Yapuun’saaq, comes from the English word Japan. This word may have entered the Alutiiq language at several points during the 20th century. The Russian American Company had a Japanese employee in Kodiak. Japanese people have long participated in Alaska’s fishing industry, and in the early 19...
Jul 13, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alutiiq Word of the Weeks - July 6
PaRag’autaq (N)/ PaRag’uutaq (S): Fishing Boat Kugyasigciqukut paRag’uutakun: We are going to go fishing (seining) on the boat. Visit any dock in the Kodiak Archipelago and you will find an array of fishing vessels. Skiffs, seiners, tenders and crabbers are part of the rhythm of life in Kodiak and its Alutiiq communities.
Over the centuries, Alutiiq people have used many types of fishing boats. Before the arrival ...
Jul 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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