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Walter Akpik, Sr., Interview 7
Walter Akpik, Sr.

Walter Akpik, Sr. (Utik) was interviewed on May 20 1983 by Bill Schneider, Wendy Arundale and Kathy Itta Demientieff (now Ahgeak) at the site of Qikiqtaqturuq 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 Qikiqtaqturuq so that Walter could be at the place while discussing its history and uses. In this interview, Walter talks about the history of Qikiqtaqturuq, people who lived in the area, and what activities took place there. He discusses traveling, camping, fishing, and trapping, and use of the Tasiqpaktuuq area in the winter of 1946. (IHLC Tape #00081)

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1) The area around Qikiqtaqturuq and travel there.

2) Fishing in the winter and fall in the area.

3) Trapping and how snowmachines affected the game locally.

4) People who lived in or traveled through the Tasiqpaktuuq area in the winter of 1946.

5) How people decided to trap and how they got food for dogs.

6) The work involved in traveling and pitching camp.

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Section 1: Qikiqtaqturuq\ Tikiġluk\ Akpik, Walter - family\ fishing - winter\ trapping\ travel - dog team\ children\ Barrow\ hunting - caribou\ houses - remains\ houses - sod\ Qakiqsiñaaq\ travel - boat\ Isuqtuq\ camps - temporary\ travel - tracking\ Nungasuk - family\ resources - knowing about\ travel - snowmachine\ equipment|

Section 2: camps - winter\ fishing - nets\ fishing - hook\ Nungasuk - family\ food - storage\ fish - preservation\ caches - ice|

Section 3: trapping - bait\ wolves\ wolverines\ snowmachines - and game\ site - historic\ Isuqtuq|

Section 4: Tasiqpaktuuq\ Anauliġiaq\ Isigaurraaġvik\ settlement - winter\ reindeer herders\ Olemauns - family\ trapping\ Ahngasuk, Ross\ herds - Barrow\ Kanŋġaqsraq|

Section 5: Kiiriq\ trapping\ Paniġaqsraq\ Kaŋiġan\ trapping - territories\ resources - management\ trapping - regulations\ foxes\ dogs - food\ Barrow\ hunting - seals|

Section 6: dogs - food\ goods - storebought\ travel - dogs\ dog teams - numbers\ trapping\ camps - pitching\ shelters - snow\ heat - sources\ fuel\ stoves\ Barrow\ hunting - seals\ Akpiks - family\ game laws|