Walter Akpik, Sr. (Utik) was interviewed on May 18, 1983 by Bill Schneider, Wendy Arundale and Kathy Itta Demientieff (now Ahgeak) at the site of Itqiuraq on the Meade River near Atqasuk, Alaska for the Chipp-Ikpikpuk and Meade Rivers Oral History Project. Walter mostly spoke in Iñupiaq and Kathy was the Iñupiaq language translator during the interview. The group traveled by snowmachine to Itqiuraq so that Walter could be at the place while discussing its history and uses. In this interview, Walter talks about the history of Itqiuraq, people who have used the area, and his own early experiences living there. He also talks about traveling, trapping, and hunting along the river, and the importance of traditional knowledge and education. (IHLC Tape #00076)
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Project: Chipp-Ikpikpuk and Meade Rivers Oral History Project
Date of Interview: May 18, 1983
Narrator(s): Walter Akpik, Sr.
Interviewer(s): Bill Schneider, Wendy Arundale, Katherine Itta Ahgeak
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1) The history of his contact with Itqiuraq.
2) Other people who used the area.
3) Other early experiences living around Itqiuraq.
4) His feelings toward knowledge and education.
5) Various activities on the river.
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Section 1: Akpik, Walter\ Itqiuraq\ weather\ discourse - style\ becoming aware\ Panigeo, Bert\ Panigeo, Nellie\ Gray, Maggie\ Aqsikattaq\ trapping - foxes\ resources - coal\ residence - winter\ Barrow\ Kiavallagun\ family - births|
Section 2: Hopson, Lolly\ caribou - lack of\ Ekosik family\ Kiiriq family\ Kuulugruaq\ Kippi, Phoebe\ Panigiuq\ Hopson, Harriet\ Purruq\ Qiayuk\ Nuliatchiaq\ Uałuk\ Samuel\ Paniŋuluk|
Section 3: house - fire\ Meade River\ fishing - nets\ fishing - ling cod\ fishing - grayling\ trapping - foxes\ hunting - caribou\ family - parents\ hunting - dogs\ Barrow\ Kiiriq\ Kiiriq's wife\ travel - dogteam\ travel - snowshoes|
Section 4: regrets - English\ regrets - school\ education - hunting\ knowledge - land\ knowledge - willingness to share|
Section 5: Meade River\ movement - inland\ trapping\ hunting - geese\ travel - rivers\ Meade River\ Ikpikpak River\ Qaagaġvik\ Isuqtuq\ land - attracting birds\ migration - seasonal\ houses - sod (ivrulik)\ Kiavallagun|