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Iñupiaq Language and Culture videos

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Cultures +4 Age Levels N/A, Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old), Post-Secondary, Adults

The Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center hosted a language and culture seminar at the Anchorage Museum in 2011, bringing together eight fluent Iñupiaq speakers for four days to discuss cultural heritage objects from their region in the Smithsonian exhibition Living Our Cultures, Sharing Our Heritage: The First Peoples of Alaska at the Anchorage Museum. This video set presents a range of information about life in northwest Alaska for the Iñupiaq people: hunting tools used for living from the land and sea to ceremonial items used at celebrations and gatherings to everyday clothing to cultural traditions and values. The videos are in Iñupiaq with subtitles in English and Iñupiaq, for following along in both languages. An educational guide with six lessons is included below, along with links to objects discussed from the Smithsonian collections.

Tags: Alaska, Native art, museum, education, language, Indigenous, Iñupiaq, Inupiaq, Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center in Alaska

Iñupiaq Parkas Today

Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska

Listen & Learn Iñupiaq (1 of 6): Aqłitik (Dance mitts)

Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska

Dance mitts

National Museum of the American Indian

High-kick ball

National Museum of the American Indian

Listen & Learn Iñupiaq (3 of 6): Nauligaq, Unaaq (Harpoon)

Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska

Harpoon

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Child's waterproof boots

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Listen & Learn Iñupiaq (5 of 6): Qiḷaun, Sauyaq (Drum)

Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska

Drum

National Museum of the American Indian

Ulu

National Museum of the American Indian

Video Lessons: Iñupiaq Language and Culture

Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska