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Henry Nashaknik, Interview 3, Part 1
Henry Nashaknik

Henry Nashaknik (Nasaġniq) was interviewed on January 20, 1983 by Bill Schneider and Wendy Arundale at his home in Barrow, Alaska (now known as Utqiaġvik) to review what he said in a previous interview on March 15, 1982 and how it was written up in the Chipp-Ikpikpuk and Meade Rivers Oral History Project final report. Leona Okakok was the Iñupiaq language translator during the interview. In this first part of a two part interview, Henry reviews his biographical section in the report, and talks about learning about the Chipp-Ikpikpak and Meade River area, traveling on the land by dog team, and trapping. He also talks about working at the coal mine at Tikiġluk and transporting the coal by cat train. (IHLC Tape #00070)

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Archive #: Oral History 87-102-15

Project: Chipp-Ikpikpuk and Meade Rivers Project Jukebox
Date of Interview: Jan 20, 1983
Narrator(s): Henry Nashaknik
Interviewer(s): Bill Schneider, Wendy Arundale
Translator:
People Present: Leona Okakok
Location of Interview:
Funding Partners:
North Slope Borough, Iñupiat History, Language and Culture Commission
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1) Reading the biographical statement from the Chipp-Ikpikpuk and Meade Rivers report.

2) Learning about the Chipp-Ikpikpuk and Meade River area.

3) Traveling on the land.

4) What it was like to live on the Upper Meade River.

5) The coal mine at Tikiġluk.

6) Hauling coal.

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Section 1: work - mining\ Tikiġluk\ whaling\ Anauliġiaq\ Isuqtuq\ mines - coal\ hunting - caribou\ trapping - on Meade River\ school - Tikiġluk\ mines - Meade River|

Section 2: Kuulugruaq\ Isuqtuq River\ Nashaknik family\ dog teams\ adaptation - inland\ Akpik, Walter - parents\ Akpik, Walter - grandparents\ Akpiksraq's family\ Qakiq\ Tikiġluk\ Akpiksraq\ Anugauraq|

Section 3: trapping\ Nungasak, Ben\ Niġisaqtuġvik\ land - teaching about\ Tigvaġiaq Island|

Section 4: houses - sod\ caribou\ Old Atqasuk\ Atqasupiaq\ Qakiq\ hunting - caribou\ Anauliġiaq\ Panikpak|

Section 5: Tikiġluk\ mines - coal\ wages\ floods - Meade River|

Section 6: coal - transporting\ cat trains\ sleds - box\ wanigan\ D-7 Caterpillar Tractor\ coal - loads\ GSI - survey crews\ coal - for village\ coal - transporting in winter|