What is the origin of the word Kodiak? How do you bend wood to make a bowl? Why is it bad luck to speak about hunting bears? The answers are in the Alutiiq Word of the Week, an engaging series of lessons on all things Alutiiq. Each entry pairs a word and sentence in the Alutiiq language with a short article. Explore Alutiiq vocabulary and a wealth of cultural information in this compilation of 471 lessons from the Alutiiq Museum. Illustrated with historic photos from the museum's collection. Produced with support from the Alaska Humanities Forum and the Kodiak Island Borough School District.
"Growing up in Kodiak, I sought out information about the Alutiiq people, about who we are- who I was- and was disappointed in the limited resources that were available to me. Steffian, Counceller, and all of the contributors to this book have delivered an extensive collection of local knowledge . . . Using this fantastic resource will aide teachers in meeting the Alaska Cultural Standards for Educators . . . link[ing] what they are teaching to the everyday lives of the student."
-Peggy Azuyak, Kodiak Island Borough School District
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"Pukuk! I no longer have to salvage an issue of the Kodiak Daily Mirror to eagerly obtain information on the Alutiiq Word of the Week. Proudly, and avariciously I now have at my fingertips a resource inundated with elder knowledge about Kodiakâs Alutiiq culture and language, 15 years in the making."
-Cheryl Meunier, Anchorage School District
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