Iñupiat Words

  • Tuttu : Caribou
  • Ukiuq : Winter
  • Taġiuq : Ocean (or salt)
  • Nakuaqqun : Love
  • Qiksiñ : Respect
  • Avanmun Ikayuutiniq : Helping each other
  • Aġġi : to Dance Iñupiaq style
  • Nanuq : Polar bear
  • Quyanaqpak : Thank you very much

Villages in the Western Arctic

  • Tikiġaq : Point Hope
  • Kali : Point Lay
  • Ulġuniq : Wainwright
  • Utqiaġvik : Barrow
  • Atqasuk : Mead River
  • Anaqtuuvak : Anaktuvuk Pass
  • Nuiqsut

The rich lands and waters of the Western Arctic have supported communities for time immemorial. Some of the longest-inhabited communities in North America are found in on Alaska’s northwestern coast. Today, these villages honor a traditional subsistence way of life that has been passed down from generation to generation. Village elders have experienced a tremendous cultural shift, from possibly being born in traditional sod homes to today where they stay connected on social media—all while balancing the traditional way of life by living off the land and ocean.

Alaska Native communities in and around the Western Arctic have long subsisted and thrived in the Arctic environment and continue to do so today. What’s more, there are dozens more villages that depend on the wildlife that spend their lives in the Western Arctic and migrate hundreds of miles across western Alaska. Alaska’s Arctic is not “untouched,” rather the Iñupiat people were the first great conservationists, living in harmony with the lands and animals. Humans have long called the Arctic their home and will continue thrive here for generations to come.

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