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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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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Nov. 2
Kaataq: Stick Guessing Game_ Cuumi kaatartaallriit.: They used to play the stick game before. Competitions were a common activity at social gatherings in classical Alutiiq society. Both men and women enjoyed participating in everything from swimming, boating, and running races to tests of strength and a variety of team sports. Competitions were a way to demonstrate one’s stamina and dexterity, and they allowed riv...
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Oct. 26
Devil: iiyaq The Devil is very bad. Iiyaq asillpiarluni asiituq. The Alutiiq word iiyaq can be translated as devil. In classical Alutiiq society, iiyaq referred to the soul of an evil person. Instead of ascending to the sky world after death, like the souls of kind people, the souls of the evil stay in the human world. Here they become malevolent spirits. They live in caves or the woods, and are said to have long ...
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Oct. 19
Angyaartalek : Aiaktalik (the island)_ Angyaartalek sugyartaallia cuumi. : There used to be a lot of people at Aiaktalik Island. Aiaktalik Island, one of the Trinity Islands, lies at the southern end of the Kodiak Archipelago at the tip of the Aliulik Peninsula. Surrounded by the rough waters of Sitkinak Strait, this small, triangular land mass covers just seven square miles. The island is low and rolling, with gr...
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Oct. 12
SaRayaq : Shed_ Tuntuq saRayami inimauq. : The reindeer is hanging in the shed. Outbuildings have been a part of Alutiiq communities for thousands of years. In studies of ancient Alutiiq settlements, archaeologists find smokehouses, storage sheds, and a variety of small structures that illustrate how people used the space outside their homes. Historic sources tell us that Alutiiq families also built small dwelling...
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