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Walter Akpik, Sr., Interview 16
Walter Akpik, Sr.

Walter Akpik, Sr. (Utik) was interviewed on June 22, 1983 by Bill Schneider and Wendy Arundale at the site of Piqsaġniq 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 Piqsaġniq so that Walter could be at the place while discussing its history and uses. In this interview, Walter talks about the history of Piqsaġniq and people who have used the area. He also talks about traveling, trapping, and fishing and hunting in the area, and caribou and wolf migration patterns. (IHLC Tape #00090)

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1) The Piqsaġniq area.

2) Joe Akpik translates what Walter discussed in the previous section.

3) Trapping near Piqsaġniq.

4) When Walter was at Piqsaġniq with his family and later with Leo Kaleak.

5) Caribou migrations near Piqsaġniq.

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Section 1: Piqsaġniq\ houses - sod\ Akpik family\ Kiiriq family\ trapping\ travel - dog team\ hunting - caribou\ fish - lack of\ Kaleak, Leo (Qaliaq)\ trapping - fox\ river - water levels\ hunting - bear|

Section 2: Saaŋiaq\ Piqsaġniq\ houses - sod\ river - curves\ trapping\ Akpik family\ Kiiriq family\ travel - dog team\ hunting - caribou\ caribou - migration routes\ Kaleak, Leo\ river - water levels\ hunting - bear|

Section 3: fish - lack of\ trapping - fox\ wolves\ wolverines\ wolves - migration patterns\ caribou|

Section 4: Kiiriq family\ Akpik family\ Kaleak, Leo|

Section 5: caribou\ caribou - migration routes|