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Alutiiq Word of the Week
 
Alutiiq Word of the Week: Arctic Entry
Siinaq - Kellidoor; Arctic Entry Cuumi, siinami taangapet puckaani et’aallriit. - Before, in the kellidor we kept our water in barrels. In northern climates where people rely on heavy clothing, stored foods, and sophisticated technologies for survival, storing one’s supplies is always a concern. Northern peoples manage this problem by creating special storage areas in their homes. In addition to piling supplies al...
Nov 01, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Wolf
Kaganaq - Wolf Kaganat yaksigtut maaken. - The wolves are far from here. Wolves (Canis lupus) occur throughout mainland Alaska, from the rainforests of Southeast to Unimak Island in the Aleutians and as far north as the Arctic coast of the Beaufort Sea. This huge range, nearly 85 percent of Alaska, illustrates the animals’ great adaptability. Like people, wolves can exist in many different habitats. Although wolve...
Oct 25, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Kindling
ARastaup’kaat (N); ARastuup’kaat (S) - Kindling (plural) Unuarpak angli aRastuup'kaalillianga. - This morning, I made a lot of kindling. Starting a fire in wet, windy Kodiak requires skill and help from some good tinder. Alutiiq families use a variety of natural materials to capture a flame. In forested parts of the archipelago, the small, dead lower branches of spruce trees stay dry in the rain. They are easy to ...
Oct 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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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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