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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Hammer
Mulut’uuk; Murut’uuk - Hammer Allrani mulut’uuq atu’akamgu aigaqa mulut’uurtaaqa. - Sometimes when I use the hammer I hit my hand. Before the availability of iron tools, Alutiiq people fashioned hammers from hard stones. They collected greywacke and granite cobbles from Kodiak beaches for help with chipping, pounding, and splitting jobs. Small hand-sized stones with pitted sides and ends illustrate the use of hamm...
Oct 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Window
Gaaleq – Window PatRiitaq inimauq gaalem caniani. - The picture is hanging next to the window. Alutiiq sod houses, ciqlluat, were dark inside. Their thick wood-planked roofs, covered with sod, grass, and boards, were designed to be waterproof and therefore let in little light. Most houses had a smoke hole — a square, board-covered hatch in the ceiling that could be propped open to release smoke from a fireplace be...
Oct 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Mountain goat
PaRanaq; Pehnaiq - Mountain Goat Maani tang’rtaanitua parananek. - I never see mountain goats around here. Mountain goats (Oreamnos americanus) are one of four large ungulate species introduced to Kodiak in the early twentieth century. These docile alpine grazers live on steep, rocky mountain slopes, where they eat grasses, herbs, and low-lying shrubs. The have pointed black horns, a thick white coat, and distinct...
Sep 27, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Partially smoked salmon
Sikiaq - Partially Smoked Salmon Ugnerkami iqallut taikata sikialitaartukut. - In the spring when the salmon come, we make the partially smoked salmon. Sikiaq, a lightly smoked salmon, is a common offering at Alutiiq breakfast tables. Stay at an Alutiiq lodge or bed and breakfast and you may awake to the aroma of this baking fish. Unlike typical smoked salmon, which is brined and then smoked for about 10 days, sik...
Sep 20, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Eclipse
Iraluq tuqu’uq (literally, “The moon died.”) - Eclipse Cuumi niugtaallriit, “Iraluq tuqu’uq.” - Before they always used to say “The moon died.” An eclipse occurs when one celestial object moves into the shadow of another. This term is often used to describe a solar eclipse, when the moon’s shadow crosses the earth’s surface. However, there are also lunar eclipses, when the moon moves into the shadow of the earth. ...
Sep 13, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Crow
Qalngaa’aq : Crow Qalngaa’aq tan’ertuq. (N); Qalngaa’aq tamlertuq. (S) - The crow is black. Alaska is home to one species of crow: Corvus cauriuns, the northwestern crow. Smaller than its cousin the American Crow, this black bird frequents the Pacific coast from Washington state to southcentral Alaska and occasionally the eastern Aleutian Islands. The northwestern crow is a coastal species, typically found around ...
Sep 06, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Potato
KaRtuugaaq - Potato KaRtuugaarturtaartukut, iqallugmek cali. - We eat potatoes to go with the fish. Derived from the Russian word for potato, kartofel, the Alutiiq word for potato, kaRtuugaaq, reflects the introduction of garden produce to Kodiak in the nineteenth century. Russian traders introduced potatoes and potato gardening, encouraging potatoes to become a staple winter food in Alutiiq communities. Potatoes ...
Aug 30, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Black eye
Senegneq; Segnew : Black Eye Mal'ugnek segnengq'rtua, kinam tenglukiinga! - I got two black eyes, somebody hit me! There are many ways to get a black eye. Elders recall that men and boys working around swinging fishing gear were frequently bruised in the face. Others got shiners from fighting, particularly after school. Parents forbid such sparring and would punish them if they found out they were involved in a fi...
Aug 23, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Laundry
Iqa’iat - Laundry (plural) Nukallpiat iqa’ineq pingaktaan’tat. - Men don’t like to do laundry. The Alutiiq word for laundry comes from the word for dirt, iqaq, and literally means “dirties.” Anyone with a family knows that laundry is a never-ending chore, but in the days before modern washers and dryers, it was an exhausting, daylong project. Alutiiq women remember carrying water and lighting fires in their woodbu...
Aug 16, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Berry Picking
Nunaquluni; Alagnarsurluni - Berry Picking Kiagmi nunaqutaartukut alagnanek. - In the summer we go berry picking for salmonberries. Collecting from the land remains a popular activity in Alutiiq communities. Spring greens, berries, shellfish, medicinal herbs, and driftwood are among the resources that Alutiiqs gather from the mountains, meadows, and shores of Kodiak Island. The Alutiiq language reflects the import...
Aug 09, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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