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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Lent
Pustaaq : Lent Pustaartaartut Paas’karpailata. : They always have Lent before Easter. In Alutiiq communities, the Lenten season covers the forty days preceding Orthodox Easter. The two or three weeks before Lent are often a time of celebration, in preparation for the fasting and quiet lifestyle expected in the days leading up to Easter. Before Lent, Alutiiqs eat lots of good food, hold dances, and play games that ...
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Golden-crowned sparrow
Ikauwiitii(q); Ikuwitii(q); Iiyapawawi’i : Golden-crowned sparrow
 Ikauwitiit nitnirtaartut. : Golden-crowned sparrows always sound beautiful. 
Sparrows are among the best-known birds in North America. There are many species and subspecies of sparrows, particularly west of the Rockies. Eleven species of these small, shy songbirds frequent Alaska, summering in brushy habitats from the coastal meadows of western Ala...
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Word of the Week: Feb. 22
Tegleq: Steal
 Ilait teglengartaartut.: Some people like to steal. Stealing was not a common problem in classical Alutiiq society. Although powerful people organized raiding parties to ransack other villages for food, goods, and even slaves, theft within a community was rare. As in many northern societies where families shared their possessions and assisted those in need, there was little need to steal. Alutiiq pe...
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Feb. 15
Wainiik : Steam Bath Switch Taaringa wainiimek. : Switch me with the steam batch switch. Switching is a common practice in Alutiiq steam baths. In the soothing, wet heat, people slap themselves with flexible branches to promote good health. This practice improves circulation, relieves aches and pains and can be used to treat illness and prepare a pregnant woman for delivery. Pneumonia, difficulty urinating, and cr...
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Feb. 8
Kasaakaruaq : Creole Kasaakaruat Sun’ami amlertut. : There are a lot of part-Russians in Kodiak. The term Creole comes from the Spanish word criollo – meaning native to the place. In nineteenth century Kodiak, Russian entrepreneurs used this term for individuals of both Russian and Native ancestry, an increasingly large and segregated part of Kodiak’s population. Descent was not the only defining characteristic of...
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Feb. 1
Anaqiitaq : Sea Cucumber_ Allrani gwangkuta nertaartukut anaqiitanek. : Sometimes we eat sea cucumbers The sea cucumber is an echinoderm, a creature related to sea urchins and sea stars. There are many varieties of sea cucumbers found in Alaska waters, from intertidal areas to the edge of the continental shelf. Sea cucumbers are known for their ability to expel and regrow their digestive systems, a process each an...
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Jan. 25
StaaRistaq: Church Warden StaaRistam agayuwik carlia’araa. : The church warden takes care of the church. Many of Alaska’s Russian Orthodox communities share clergy. Clergymen typically live in the largest community in a parish and serve smaller, outlying communities periodically. In the Kodiak region, for example, clergy stationed in the city of Kodiak and in Old Harbor travel to surrounding villages several times...
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Jan. 18
Palicuuskiiq; Palit’saq: Police Officer_ Maani palit’sat amlertut.: There are many policemen here. Although police officers are a relatively new addition to Alutiiq villages, law enforcement is not. Until Alaska achieved statehood and its communities fell under a state judicial system, Alutiiq leaders acted as peacekeepers and judges. A village’s traditional council, led by a locally appointed chief, maintained or...
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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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