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Walter Akpik, Sr., Interview 11
Walter Akpik, Sr.

Walter Akpik, Sr. (Utik) was interviewed on June 15, 1983 by Bill Schneider, Wendy Arundale and Kathy Itta Demientieff (now Ahgeak) at an unidentified location 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 boat to sites along the Meade River so that Walter could be at the place while discussing its history and uses. In this interview, Walter talks about traveling on the river by boat with a sail, with dogs towing the boat, and by paddling. He also talks about fishing under the ice in the winter, his father and reindeer herding, and his father's falltime activities at Igalaaq. (IHLC Tape #00085)

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1) River travel when he was a young man.

2) Towing a boat along the river with dogs.

3) Traveling by water in the area.

4) Akpik, Walter's father.

5) His father's activities at Igalaaq.

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Section 1: Qatiqsiñaaq\ Anugauraq\ Tikiġluk\ travel - with sails\ travel - without sails\ travel - towing\ travel - boat\ umiaq\ Meade River\ Igalaaq\ Patiktitaq\ Qagluuraq\ fishing - netting\ fishing - winter\ fish - whitefish\ fish - grayling\ houses\ Kuulugruaq|

Section 2: towing - rope\ travel - towing\ towing - dogs\ towing - shoreline\ river - crossing\ river - depth\ travel - paddling\ Qatiqsiñaaq - travel with dogs|

Section 3: travel - education\ travel - destination\ travel - river\ Piqsaġniq\ travel - seasons\ Tikiġluk\ travel - time\ travel - supplies\ food\ camp - cooking\ driftwood\ camp - fire\ sails - canvas\ Brower, Sr., Charles\ store - Brower's\ sails - manufacture\ oars - style\ iputi\ oars - rope\ paddles vs. oars\ paaġutik\ aŋuun\ sails - style\ sails - maneuvering\ napaqsraq\ sails - seasonal use\ whaling - sails\ sails - origin|

Section 4: Akpik\ Tikiġluk\ reindeer - herders\ camp - winter\ Tavvialuk\ Tavvialuqaġliġmik|

Section 5: Akpik\ game - lookout\ game - falltime\ caribou\ Nayukok|