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Walter Akpik, Sr., Interview 5
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 Siŋiḷḷak 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 Siŋiḷḷak so that Walter could be at the place while discussing its history and uses. In this interview, Walter talks about the history and features of Siŋiḷḷak, and traveling, trapping, and hunting carried out in the area. He specifically discusses traditional caribou hunting techniques, meat preparation, food storage, and sharing. (IHLC Tape #00079)

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1) Features seen in the Siŋiḷḷak area.

2) Activities people participated in around Siŋiḷḷak.

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Section 1: Siŋiḷḷak\ Akpik, Walter\ caribou - antlers\ lakes - location\ lakes - hunting\ hunting - techniques\ qargi\ qargi - musk oxen\ ATF\ Arturraq\ Geist, Otto\ travel - snowshoes\ caribou|

Section 2: travel\ hunting\ trapping\ camping\ hunting - techniques\ caribou - corraling\ caribou - slaughter\ caribou - sharing\ meat - drying\ meat - storage\ meat - trade|