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Alutiiq Word of the Week 7/22/2016
Tuuciik Elderberry Tuuciiqutat alagnangq’rtaatut. The elderberry bushes always have berries. Red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa) is a large shrub with toothed leaves and soft wood that grows up to 12 feet tall. This bush occurs throughout northern North America in both wooded and open areas. Around Kodiak, it is particularly fond of the rich, organic soil that forms over archaeological sites. Red elderberry has sma...
Jul 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 82 82 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alutiiq Word of the Week July 1, 2016
TRipiitsaaq Brick TRipiitsaalitaallriit qikumek. They used to make bricks out of clay. Brick making was one of the industries Russian traders established in Alaska to provide essential supplies to colonies far from European supplies. Russian colonists used bricks to build stoves and ovens, and although some bricks were imported to Alaska, it was more economical to make these heavy building materials in Alaska. The...
Jul 01, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 106 106 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Kayunguq — Stormy
Kayunguq Stormy Kayunguq, eh? It’s stormy, eh? Despite mild temperatures, Kodiak lies in one of the most meteorologically active regions on earth. From September to April, a storm crosses the Gulf of Alaska every four to five days, bringing intense rain, high winds and heavy seas. Kodiak’s location guaranties exposure to the complete force of these storms, which build to their fullest stage by the time they reach ...
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Dec. 5
Cikuq Ice Nanwat cikumaut. The lakes are frozen over. Kodiak may lie south of the frozen Arctic regions of Alaska, 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 Sitk...
Dec 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 208 208 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Nuniaq — Old Harbor
Nuniaq Old Harbor Nuniarmiuq-qaa ellpet? Are you an Old Harbor person? The community of Old Harbor (Nuniaq) has its origins in the era of Russian conquest. In 1784, Russian traders massacred several hundred Alutiiq men, women, and children at Refuge Rock, a tiny island off the eastern coast of Sitkalidak Island. In Alutiiq, this sacred place is known as Awa’uq: to become numb. To many it represents a dramatic turn...
Nov 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 207 207 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Atmak; Ekgwik; Ekguiyutaq — Hunting Bag; Backpack
Atmak; Ekgwik; Ekguiyutaq — Hunting Bag; Backpack Atmangq’rtuq. — He has a backpack. Packing well for a hunting or fishing trip was as important in the past as it is today. Alutiiq men filled their kayaks with useful things: wooden containers filled with fresh food and water, sleeping blankets, and even inflated seal bladders for emergency buoyancy — the personal flotation devices of the past. Each hunter also car...
Oct 31, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 205 205 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tuullek; Tuulautek — Tongs
Tuullek; Tuulautek — Tongs Keniyaqama tuulautek aturtaagka. — When I cook I use tongs. Tongs were common tools in ancestral Alutiiq households. Carvers fashioned these implements by lashing together two lengths of wood shaped with flat oval ends. This created an effective tool for moving hot rocks. Heating rocks was a daily task, as people used hot stones to warm their homes, cook foods and create steam for bathin...
Oct 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 209 209 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Tuma; Tumet - Footprint
Tuma; Tumet - Footprint Taqukaraat tumait ang’ut. - The bears' footprints are large. Like animal tracks, human footprints are a common part of the Kodiak environment. Today Kodiak’s muddy shores capture the tread of sneakers and rubber boots, but in the past, they recorded the passage of bare feet. Kodiak Alutiiq people seldom wore shoes, saving hand-sewn footwear of salmon skins and sea mammal hide for the coldes...
Oct 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 214 214 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Uksuaq - Fall
Uksuaq - Fall Uksuartuq awa’i. - It is fall now. Fall along Alaska’s gulf coast arrives with a palette of changing colors. The hills fade from green to gold, coastal meadows blaze with bright red fireweed and elderberry leaves, and the skies darken from blue to grey as the days shorten and winter storms reappear. For Alutiiqs, fall was a time of preparation. Subsistence activities turned from the sea toward the la...
Oct 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 205 205 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Caguyaq - Hunting Hat
Caguyaq - Hunting Hat Caguyaq qupuramek canamauq. - The hunting hat is made of wood. In the cool, wet Kodiak environment, hats are an essential item of clothing. Among Alutiiqs, headgear was once fashioned from many different materials. Warm, water-resistant hats were sewn from animal pelts and loon skins, woven from spruce root, and carved from wood. The most spectacular of these were bentwood hats, expertly bent...
Oct 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 208 208 recommendations | email to a friend
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