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Walter Akpik, Sr., Interview 9
Walter Akpik, Sr.

Walter Akpik, Sr. (Utik) was interviewed on May 22, 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 some of his family members, including his grandparents and their travels. He also talks about people being guided up the rivers and visitors to his grandparents' camp. (IHLC Tape #00083)

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1) His grandparents and their travels.

2) One particular traveling experience of Walter's grandparents.

3) Aŋutiġruaq, who guided people up the rivers.

4) A time when a visitor came to his grandparents' camp.

5) When Walter traveled with his grandparents.

6) Siakuk, Walter's sister.

7) Akpik, Walter's father.

8) Other members of Walter's family. Also, Kathy Itta summarizes what Walter has said to this point.

9) Outdoor cooking equipment.

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Section 1: Akpik, Walter\ Utik\ Anugauraq\ Qakiqaiñaaq\ lifestyle - nomadic\ Kobuk River\ Barrow\ travel - Meade River\ seasonal residence - Payugvik\ seasonal residence - winter\ travel - stories\ Umiakuvik\ hunting - caribou\ clothing - caribou\ food - caribou\ travel - groups\ travel - summer\ travel - shallow water \ travel - pokes\ travel - elderly people\ Piqsaġniq|

Section 2: Anugauraq\ Qakiqaiñaaq\ travel - upriver\ Sanniŋaraq\ Siakuk\ Siġvauyuŋaq\ travel - miners\ Aŋutiġruaq\ miners - prospectors (maiñat)|

Section 3: Aŋutiġruaq\ fluency - English\ Kobuk River\ Saiḷaq\ Siakuk\ travel - Meade River\ mining - prospecting\ mining - resources\ rock - characteristics\ soup - mushrooms\ miners\ guiding - miners\ guiding - deception|

Section 4: Anugauraq\ Qakiqaiñaaq\ Siakuk\ Barrow\ travel - Meade River\ travel - foothills\ Iñupiaq - Selawik dialect\ maktak\ Utigruaq\ Quŋusiguaq|

Section 5: Akpik, Walter\ Utik\ Anugauraq\ Qakiqaiñaaq\ travel - summer\ weapon - bow and arrow\ weapon - manufacture\ travel - dog team\ dog team - backpacks\ packing - techniques\ tumplines\ dog team - mosquitoes\ camp\ dog team - care\ lifestyle - nomadic|

Section 6: hunting - guns\ hunting - caribou\ hunting - skill\ maturation\ Siġvauyuŋaq\ hunting - ptarmigan\ Barrow|

Section 7: Akpik\ residence - Barrow\ travel\ work - mailrun\ Point Hope\ Kotzebue\ travel - dog team|

Section 8: Uiññiq|

Section 9: cooking pot\ ladles\ kettle\ tripod\ pothook|