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Alutiiq Word of the Week - April 6, 2012
Suumacirpet: Subsistence Suumacirpet asirpiatuq: Our way of living is the best. There is no easy way to translate the word “subsistence” into the Alutiiq language. Westerners often think of subsistence as the process of obtaining and eating wild foods, an alternative to buying groceries. This definition, however, fails to capture the complexities of living off the land.  To the Alutiiq people, subsistence is life....
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Alutiiq Word of the Week - March 30, 2012
Alas’kaaq: Alaska Guangkuta Alas’kaarmiu’at: We are All Alaskans. Unangan, the Native language of the Aleutian Island chain, is the source of the name Alaska. In Unangan, Alayeksa means “great land” or “mainland.” Before western conquest, Aleutian Islanders used this word to refer to the western end of the Alaska Peninsula. From their island perspective, the peninsula was an enormous land. Early western explorers ...
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Alutiiq Word of the Week - March 23, 2012
Kangiyaq: Kaguyak Ilaten Kangiyagmiu’at: Your relatives are from Kaguyak. The village of Kaguyak lies on the Aliulik Peninsula at the head of Kodiak Island’s Kaguyak Bay. Today, this once-flourishing coastal village is overgrown with brush and few remnants of its habitation remain. The fourth tidal wave generated by the Great Alaska Earthquake flattened the village in 1964 and killed two of its residents. Kaguyak ...
Mar 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amutaq: Cod
Amutaq : Cod  Amutarsurqutartut.: They are going to get some cod Pacific cod or grey cod (Gadus marcocephalus) is an abundant, bottom-dwelling, round fish found widely in the Gulf of Alaska. These fast-growing, schooling fish are highly mobile. Cod winter in deep waters along the upper slope of the continental shelf, where they spawn. In spring they migrate to shallower nearshore waters, where they feed through th...
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Alutiiq Word of the Week - March 9, 2012
Quta: Beach Arnat qutmi et’ut: The women are at the beach. The place where the ocean meets the land is a diverse, productive environment, close to many resources. From the first occupation of the Kodiak Archipelago, Alutiiq families took advantage of this environment, building their homes behind quiet beaches where they could launch boats, harvest shoreline foods, and watch for sea mammals. Today, the beach remain...
Mar 09, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alutiiq Word of the Week - Limpet
Sawak’iitaq; Spuungqulaq: Limpet Suupaligua Sawak’iitanek: I am making soup from limpets. Limpets (Lottia spp.) are among the intertidal organisms that encrust the rocky shores of Kodiak. The archipelago is home to a variety of these small invertebrates: the keyhole limpet, the tortoiseshell limpet and others. Limpets are grazing animals that form distinctive cone-shaped shells. They feed on algae by moving slowly...
Mar 02, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alutiiq Word of the Week - Feb. 24, 2012
Ukanumk: Chirikof Island Ukamuk yaqsigtuq gwaken: Chirikof Island is far from here. Chirikof is an isolated, windy island at the far southern end of the Kodiak Archipelago. This 11-mile long, pear-shaped piece of land lies about 100 miles southwest of Kodiak Island. Archaeological data indicate the island has long been a crossroads, a place where Alutiiq and Aleut people visited for over 4,000 years. An Alutiiq st...
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Alutiiq Word of the Week - Feb. 17, 2012
Maqaq: The Dice Game Kita! Maqarlinuk: Come on! Let’s play dice. Dice games are common across North America. Native societies from New England to the Pacific Northwest enjoy tossing small objects in games of chance. Russian traders recorded an Alutiiq dice game they called stopka, where players tossed a small figurine carved of bone and scored points based on how it landed. Archaeological finds illustrate that the...
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Alutiiq Word of the Week - Feb. 10, 2012
Ciguutkaaq: Tuberculosis. Ciguutkaara: She has tuberculosis.   Known as TB or consumption, tuberculosis once ranked among the most deadly diseases in the world. Caused by the tubercle bacilli bacteria, tuberculosis often infects the lungs and spreads to other parts of the body. People typically get the disease by breathing in the bacteria. After the initial infection, TB can lie dormant for years. The first sympto...
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Alutiiq word of the week - Feb. 2, 2012
Nunakuarluni: Walk overland Nunakuartuq Kal’unun: He is walking to Karluk. Before airplanes and motorized boats, Alutiiq families often traveled by foot. Walking long distances was an activity people accepted and enjoyed. Travelers crossed rivers and mountains to visit family and friends, to move to and from hunting and fishing camps, to trade with neighbors, or to access seasonal jobs. Some travelers followed wel...
Feb 03, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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