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)
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Project: Chipp-Ikpikpuk and Meade Rivers Oral History Project
Date of Interview: May 19, 1983
Narrator(s): Walter Akpik, Sr.
Interviewer(s): Bill Schneider, Wendy Arundale, Katherine Itta Ahgeak
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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.
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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|