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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...
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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...
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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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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Photograph
Patreitaq (n); Patriitaq (S) - Photograph Patriitairnga. - Take a picture of me. The world’s first photographs were taken in the 1830s, when French scientist Louis Daguerre captured images on copperplates treated with silver and mercury. Twenty years later, in the 1850s, photography became popular in the United States with the invention of a less-expensive process that fixed images to glass or tin. As Americans sp...
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Jumper
Aq’alarluni - Jumper (as in a salmon) Aq’alartut iluani. - There are jumpers inside (the seine). Jumping salmon are a conspicuous sign of summer around Kodiak. Scan the surface of the ocean in June and you will see pink salmon hurling themselves out of the water as they head for their spawning grounds. Jumping is an adaptation that helps salmon clear obstacles as they move upstream. As fish near freshwater they be...
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Run
Qecengluni - Run Uswiillraraat cecengtaartut. - Kids are always running around. In classical Alutiiq society, runners passed important news from one village to the next. Elders recall young men running along the beach to carry messages to neighboring communities. When they arrived, a fresh runner would take the message to the next village, and in this way information would travel up the coast from community to com...
Jul 19, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Orca
Arlluk - Orca; Killer Whale Arllut kuimartut imarmi. - Orcas are swimming in the ocean. The orca or killer whale (Orcinus orca) is the largest member of the dolphin family. These large, toothed sea mammals are aggressive hunters known for their feeding habits. In addition to fish and squid, killer whales will eat other whales, sea lions, seals, and even birds. Adult orcas grow to between twenty-three and twenty-se...
Jul 12, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Laptuuk
Laptuuk : Baseball Kiagmi laptuugtaartukut. : We play baseball in the summertime. In classical Alutiiq society, community gatherings were an opportunity for games, particularly those played outdoors. Both men and women enjoyed participating in athletic challenges, including everything from swimming, boating and running races to wrestling, high jumping, target throwing and team sports. Competitions were a way to sh...
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Barrel
Puuc’kaaq : Barrel Puuc’kaat saRayami et’ut. : The barrels are in the shed. The Alutiiq word for barrel — puuc’kaaq — comes from the Russian word bochka, also meaning barrel. This link reflects the use of barrels for bulk storage on sailing ships in the early historic era. Russian traders imported grain, beads, and many other commodities to Alaska in wood barrels. Assembled from wooden staves bound with a series o...
Jun 28, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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