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Walter Akpik, Sr., Interview 14
Walter Akpik, Sr.

Walter Akpik, Sr. (Utik) was interviewed on June 20, 1983 by Bill Schneider and Wendy Arundale at the site of Itqiuraq on the Meade River near Atqasuk, Alaska for the Chipp-Ikpikpuk and Meade Rivers Oral History Project. Walter mostly spoke in Iñupiaq and his son, Joe Akpik, was the Iñupiaq language translator during the interview. The group traveled by boat to Itqiuraq so that Walter could be at the place while discussing its history and uses. In this interview, Walter talks about boating and trapping in the Piqsaġniq area, and people who have used the area. (IHLC Tape #00088)

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1) Boating around the Piqsaġniq area.

2) People who used the area.

3) Joe Akpik summarizes in English what Walter said in the previous sections.

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Section 1: Piqsaġniq\ river - water level\ trapping\ trapping - lack of dogs\ boating - seasonal\ Saaŋiaq\ Qakiqsiñaaq\ river - terrain\ travel - towing|

Section 2: coal\ people - Wainwright\ Bodfish, Waldo\ Itqiuraq\ trappers - Wainwright\ hunting - foxes\ Piqsaġniq|

Section 3: river\ boating\ travel\ coal\ Wainwright\ Bodfish, Waldo\ Itqiuraq\ trapping\ hunting - foxes\ Piqsaġniq|