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St. Lawrence Island Yupik Language and Culture videos

The Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center hosted a language and culture seminar at the Anchorage Museum in 2011, bringing together seven fluent St. Lawrence Island Yupik speakers for five 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 on St. Lawrence Island, Alaska for the Yupik 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 St. Lawrence Island Yupik with subtitles in English and Yupik, for following along in both languages. An educational guide with twelve lessons is included below, along with links to objects discussed from the Smithsonian collections. 

 Tags: Alaska, Native art, Native culture, Indigenous, museum, education, language, St. Lawrence Island, Yupik, Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center in Alaska

Returning home

Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska

Listen & Learn SLI Yupik (1 of 12): Uunghaq (Harpoon)

Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska

Harpoon

National Museum of the American Indian

Harpoon head

National Museum of the American Indian

Listen & Learn SLI Yupik (3 of 12): Qanrak (Boat Sled)

Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska

Boat sled

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Listen & Learn SLI Yupik (4 of 12): Avleqaghtat (Bolas)

Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska

Bolas

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Listen & Learn SLI Yupik (5 of 12): Anavak (Bird Net)

Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska

Bird Net

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Game pieces

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Listen & Learn SLI Yupik (7 of 12): Atkuk (Parka)

Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska

Birdskin parka

National Museum of the American Indian

Listen & Learn SLI Yupik (8 of 12): Kaamget (Boots)

Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska

Boots

National Museum of the American Indian

Ceremonial gut parka

National Museum of the American Indian

Listen & Learn SLI Yupik (10 of 12): Qaghpa (Headdress)

Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska

Headdress

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Dance gloves

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Listen & Learn SLI Yupik (12 of 12): Saguyak (Drum)

Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska

Drum

National Museum of the American Indian