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Alutiiq Word of the Week
 
Alutiiq Word of the Week: May 2
Culu’ulluku; Culurt’slluku – Beach It PaRag’uutateng culurtaarait. – Sometimes they beach their boat. Most fishermen who know Alutiiq words are familiar with culu’ulluku, a term that means to beach your boat. Whether intentional or accidental, beaching is an age-old way of reaching the shore. In classical Alutiiq society, paddlers who wished to bring their skin-covered qayat or angyat to land would select an appro...
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: April 25
PRiis’tanaq – Dock PaRaguutat pRiistananun taitaartut. – The boats come to the dock. In Alutiiq communities, where boats are essential for travel, subsistence activities, and work at sea, docks are a necessity. Although Alutiiqs once landed their skin-covered boats on the beach and stored them around their houses, docking facilities are now a common part of rural communities. For example, in Larsen Bay, residents ...
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Ruuwarluni – Arrow Game (verb)

Ruuwarluni – Arrow Game (verb)
 Tamamta ruuwartaallriakut Paaskaami. – We used to all play bow and arrow at Easter time. In the Alutiiq language, the word for “arrow”—ruuwaq—has a variety of meanings. It can be used as a noun to refer to the wooden-shafted, feather-fletched projectiles fired from hunters’ bows. Alternatively, this word can be used as a verb to mean the action of shooting with a bow. For example, t...
Apr 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Camani – Lower 48 states
Camani – Lower 48 states Camani ilangq’rtuanga. – I have family in the Lower 48. When Alutiiqs speakers talk about the continental United States they use the word camani, which literally means “down there.” In Alaska, the English equivalent is “the Lower 48.” Despite the separation between Alaska and regions south that camani implies, anthropologists believe that Alaska was the major gateway to the Americas, the r...
Apr 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Pausinkaaq – Icon
Pausinkaaq (N); Puusinkaaq (S);Agayuwim PatReitaa (N); Agayuwim PatRiitaa (S) – Icon Agayuwigmi pausinkaaq amlertaartut. – There are many icons in the church. An icon is a religious image. It may be a painting, a carving, or a statue that depicts a spiritually important figure such as Christ, the Virgin Mary, saints, or angels. The veneration of icons is a central part of Russian Orthodox worship. Each image is th...
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Paulaq
Paulaq; Peluq – Ash Paulartuu'uq plit'aami. – There are lots of ashes in the stove. The Alutiiq word for ash — paulaq orpeluq — usually refers to wood ash. This is the fine, grey sediment found in the bottom of a fire pit or a wood burning stove after a hot fire. Cleaning the wood ash out of the household stove was a common task in decades past, before Alutiiq families adopted oil burning and electric stoves. Wood...
Mar 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Eprirturluni, P’rirca’iluni
Eprirturluni, P’rirca’iluni — Clean; Cleanse Plit’aaq p’rirca’iru. — Clean the stove. In classical Alutiiq society, house cleaning was both a daily activity and a scheduled spring event. Historic sources and the accounts of Elders indicate that people swept their sod houses with brooms made of eagle wings and covered their floors with clean, dry grass. Alutiiqs also restuffed their mattresses with dry grass, organ...
Mar 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Tanqigya’arluni – Dawn
Tanqigya’arluni – Dawn (verb) Tanqigyaturtuq. – It is starting to dawn. Dawn is the period of early morning twilight that begins as the sun nears the horizon, lifting its leading edge into the sky. The appearance of first morning light around Kodiak changes with the seasons. In summer dawn comes early and rapidly, as the sun rises high above the horizon filling the sky with strong, direct light for many hours. By ...
Mar 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Ilangcarluku
– Discipline; Lecture Tuyum llangcaraa. – The chief is lecturing him. Historic sources agree that there was little crime in Alutiiq villages before the 1950s. Detailed rules managed both the ownership and inheritance of personal property and the use of prime fishing and hunting locations. Similarly, customs governing the distribution of food ensured that anyone who needed meat or fish could share in the catch or t...
Mar 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: IRafkuruaq
IRafkuruaq; IRafkungcuk; WiRufkuruaq – String; Twine IRafkuruanek initalitallriit. – They used string to make clotheslines. String games like cats cradle are a popular pastime around the globe. From Australia to Asia, Africa, North America, and the high Arctic, people have long used a simple loop of string and their fingers to make designs. The function of these figures varies by culture. In some societies, string...
Feb 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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