Project Jukebox

Digital Branch of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Oral History Program

Project Jukebox Survey

Help us redesign the Project Jukebox website by taking a very short survey!

Walter Akpik, Sr., Interview 3
Walter Akpik, Sr.

Walter Akpik, Sr. (Utik) was interviewed on May 19, 1983 by Bill Schneider, Wendy Arundale and Kathy Itta Demientieff (now Ahgeak) at the site of Isiquarraaġvik 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 Isiquarraaġvik so that Walter could be at the place while discussing its history and uses. In this interview, Walter talks about the history and uses of Isiquarraaġvik and his own experiences traveling in and using the area. He also talks about reindeer herding, caribou movements, fishing, and knowledge of the land, lakes and rivers. (IHLC Tape #00077)

Alternate Transcripts
There is no alternate transcript for this interview.
There is no slideshow for this person.

After clicking play, click on a section to navigate the audio or video clip.


1) The state of the area and the activities that went on there.

2) Reindeer herding in the area.

3) Personal experience traveling in and using the area.

4) Water depth of the river.

5) Other places he learned about from his grandparents.

6) More of his trapping experience in the area.

7) Caribou movements.

Click play, then use Sections or Transcript to navigate the interview.

After clicking play, click a section of the transcript to navigate the audio or video clip.


Section 1: weather\ Isuqtuq River\ fishing\ residence - winter\ Uvyuaq\ coal - Itqiuraq\ Aviŋŋasuk\ travel - dog sled\ lifestyle - old ways\ fishing - ling cod\ fishing - ice\ lakes - water level\ game - decreasing volume\ stream - Anauliġiaq\ residence - lakeside\ fishing - whitefish (aanaakłiq)\ fish - seasonal migration\ residence - patterns\ residence - Iñupiaq|

Section 2: reindeer - herding\ Uvyuaq\ Aluniq\ Aviŋŋasuk\ Saavġaq, Sadie\ Barrow\ Uula\ Kippi, David\ lakes - names|

Section 3: traplines\ Akpik, Walter\ Pisiksaġiaġvik\ Siŋiḷḷak Lakes\ travel - Tikiġluk\ travel - upriver\ travel - skin boat\ travel - Kuuligruaq\ travel - Pisiksaġiaġvik\ travel - Itqiuraq\ hunting - caribou\ Piqsaġniq\ river - depth\ Qatiqsiñaaq\ Qakiq\ Anugauraq|

Section 4: river - depth\ depth - measurement\ travel - dogs\ Piqsaġniq\ travel - river\ grandparents\ river - knowledge of\ Meade River|

Section 5: land - knowledge of\ Akpik, Walter\ Qatiqsiñaaq\ Anugauraq\ Aġviq\ Irailaq (lit. without an eye)\ river - conditions\ rain\ flooding\ travel - summer|

Section 6: Akpik, Walter\ traplines\ Siŋiḷḷak \ trapping - foxes\ caribou\ Siŋiḷḷak Lakes\ travel - dog team\ geographical features\ Itqiuraq\ Isuqtuq River|

Section 7: Pisiksaġiaġvik Creek\ caribou\ caribou - inland\ migration - south\ vegetation\ caribou - fawning\ migration - change\ caribou - numbers\ Barrow\ caribou - winter migration|