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Walter Akpik, Sr., Interview 8
Walter Akpik, Sr.

Walter Akpik, Sr. (Utik) was interviewed on May 21, 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 his trapping experience in the area. He also talks about how people utilized the Isuqtuq River area, and tells a traditional story and sings the squirrel song that he learned from his grandmother. (IHLC Tape #00082)

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1) The setting of the interview at Qikiqtaqturuq.

2) People who lived in the Qikiqtaqturuq area.

3) When Greta and Eva Toovak visited the area.

4) Walter's trapping in the area.

5) How people have utilized the Isuqtuq River.

6) Recent use of the area.

7) An old story and song his grandmother told him.

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Section 1: Akpik, Walter\ Schneider, William\ Itta, Kathy\ rest\ ptarmigan|

Section 2: Olemaun\ Kaŋiġaksraq\ Ekosik, Samuel\ Ekosik, Rosie\ hunting - skills\ travel - airplane\ dwelling - type\ travel - snowmachine\ Nungasak, Ben\ camp\ fishing\ Tikiġluk\ Atqasuk|

Section 3: Akpik, Greta\ Toovak, Eva\ travel - airplane\ fishing - Qikiqtaqturuq Creek\ story - brown bear\ tent - camouflage\ fishing - whitefish\ allotment - Akpik, Greta|

Section 4: Akpik, Frank\ Akpik, Walter\ Taqtu\ travel - snowmachine\ travel - dog team\ trapping - wolves\ Barrow\ traps - loss\ containers - oil|

Section 5: Qikiqtaqturuq\ Kaŋiġaksraq\ subsistence\ Itqiḷiq\ Isigaurraaġvik\ subsistence\ Meade River|

Section 6: Uałuk\ Ekosik, Samuel\ Ekosik, Rosie\ Barter Island|

Section 7: unipkaaq\ hunting - caribou\ subsistence\ tagiq\ camping\ visitors\ food - quaq\ food - puiññiq\ bedding\ ptarmigan - behavior\ song\ raven\ ground squirrel|