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Walter Akpik, Sr., Interview 15
Walter Akpik, Sr.

Walter Akpik, Sr. (Utik) was interviewed on June 21, 1983 by Bill Schneider and Wendy Arundale at the site of Saaŋiaq 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 Saaŋiaq so that Walter could be at the place while discussing its history and uses. In this interview, Walter talks about the types of activities that have taken place in the area, including fishing, caribou hunting, and fox trapping. He also talks about traveling, knowledge of place names, and some of the people who used area. (IHLC Tape #00089)

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1) The trip made to Saaŋiaq.

2) Activities in the area long ago.

3) Specifics of the activities discussed.

4) His father's use of the area.

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Section 1: water - level\ travel - Schneider, Bill\ travel - plans\ water - muddy\ Itqiuraq\ travel - time\ Atqasuk\ Saaŋiaq\ water - current|

Section 2: Saaŋiaq\ hunting\ people - Barrow\ people - Wainwright\ travel - snowshoes\ hunting - foxes\ travel - Ikusik\ Ekosik, Samuel\ Qaiyuq\ Hopson, Harriet\ Itqiuraq\ hunting - caribou\ Aġviġuraq\ camp\ houses - sod\ houses - construction\ Bodfish, Waldo\ fishing - ling cod\ trap - setting\ fishing - ice\ Sanniŋaruq\ travel - towing\ travel - boat\ Killiġun\ people - Noatak\ Kunullauraq\ Ashby, Enoch\ land - knowledge of\ place name - Saaŋiaq\ accident - Saaŋiaq\ Aviŋŋasuk|

Section 3: Ikusik, Amos\ fishing - grayling\ fishing - whitefish\ fishing - ling cod\ travel - season|

Section 4: Akpik\ travel\ camp\ lookout - game|