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Walter Akpik, Sr., Interview 17
Walter Akpik, Sr.

Walter Akpik, Sr. (Utik) was interviewed on June 23, 1983 by Bill Schneider and Wendy Arundale at the site of Piqsaġniq on the Meade River near Atqasuk, Alaska for the Chipp-Ikpikpuk and Meade Rivers Oral History Project. Walter mostly spoke in Iñupiaq and his son, Joe Akpik, was the Iñupiaq language translator during the interview. The group traveled by boat to Piqsaġniq so that Walter could be at the places while discussing their history and uses. In this interview, Walter talks about traveling to Piqsaġniq, the meaning of the place's name, and spending time there with Leo Kaleak. He also describes the site of Aġviġuraq, and talks about traveling with his grandparents, and hunting and trapping in the area of Piqsaġniq. (IHLC Tape #00091)

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1) Piqsaġniq and the trip there.

2) Joe Akpik adds to what Walter discussed in the previous section.

3) Aġviġuraq.

4) Walter traveling with his grandparents.

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Section 1: Piqsaġniq\ Aġviġuraq\ Ikusik\ Qiuyak\ hunting - caribou\ Saaŋiaq\ Iyairaq\ naming - places\ naming - meaning\ hunting - grizzly bear\ Tuqmak\ Akpik, Ellis\ Akpik\ Akpik's wife\ rain\ river - water level\ travel - river\ boat\ supplies\ dogs|

Section 2: Kiiriq\ Kaleak, Leo\ water - level\ Itqiuraq\ travel - river|

Section 3: Aġviġuraq\ characteristics - physical\ whale|

Section 4: travel - grandparents\ Piqsaġniq\ travel - Meade River\ Itqiuraq\ travel - duration\ travel - season\ water - level\ Kiiriq\ hunting - nomadic\ hunting - caribou\ trapping - camp\ trapping - foxes\ Saaŋiaq\ hunting - snowmachine\ Atqasuk|