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Henry Nashaknik, Interview 3, Part 2
Henry Nashaknik

This is the continuation of an interview with Henry Nashaknik (Nasaġniq) 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 second part of a two part interview, Henry talks about hunting caribou and changes in their availability and movement, reindeer herding, and a 1940 measles epidemic. He also talks about how groups of people traveled and moved around to live in different areas of the North Slope. (IHLC Tape #00071)

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Archive #: Oral History 87-102-16

Project: Chipp-Ikpikpuk and Meade Rivers Oral History Project
Date of Interview: Jan 20, 1983
Narrator(s): Henry Nashaknik
Interviewer(s): Bill Schneider, Wendy Arundale
People Present: Leona Okakok
Location of Interview:
Funding Partners:
North Slope Borough, Iñupiat History, Language and Culture Commission
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1) Change in movement and availability of caribou.

2) Herding reindeer.

3) Other aspects of reindeer herding.

4) Epidemics.

5) Various groups of people and their movements.

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Section 1: caribou - migration\ hunting - caribou\ caribou - herd size\ caches - caribou\ Siŋiḷḷak\ caribou - drives\ qargi\ community house|

Section 2: herding - reindeer\ Ahkivgak, Otis\ reindeer - Number 4 herd\ Taaqpak\ Shontz, Al\ Barrow - stores\ Stuaqpak|

Section 3: herding - reindeer\ fishing\ trapping\ family responsibilities\ Qisiiḷaq, Titus\ Nauyaq|

Section 4: disease - epidemics\ epidemics - measles (1940)\ hospital - Barrow\ Nashaknik, Henry - family\ Tagluksraq\ Iḷaitthuk\ Ivayanniq|

Section 5: Nashaknik, Evelyn (Naŋyak)\ Qasigiaq\ Alasuuraq\ Qigŋak\ Utukok River people\ movement east\ Nageak, James\ medical care - Barrow|