the yup’ik word for a good hunter and provider is called a nukalpiaq. the nukalpiaq is traditionally a young man in his prime, a good hunter and provider for his family and community. the nukalpiaq played a vital role in his community and ensured survival and success for the people.
alaska native languages are not as strong as they used to be, so it is imperative the term nukalpiaq is not forgotten. the definition is evolving. women are becoming nukalpiaqs and providing for their families and communities.
this was my 600th post....but i'm not sure what happened
this is my 600th post to eskimo power. that’s alot of posts.
what kind of wisdom or useful information can i leave with you on post # 600? hmmmm….let’s try the search function.
on the right side of this page is a search window that can do searches for key words on eskimo power. this is kind of a cool function if you ask me. for example, a search for "seal" comes up with 67 posts. "kotzebue" has 58 posts. "caribou" has 28. "moose" has 11 posts. "walrus" has 21. what else can you find?
enjoy # 600. i sold my desktop computer and am waiting to save money to buy a laptop next month. once i get a laptop, i promise to post more to eskimo power. i will also be able to give you updates on a certain movie project and my brushes with celebrity. until i sign a contract, i cannot say much.
last friday, Christmas eve, marked exactly four years in kotzebue. that’s four years living above the arctic circle, in a hunter’s dream land; four years since i left my job as a responsible thinking classroom teacher in togiak.
thank you saima for a great four years. thank you kotzebue for a great four years. i believe kotzebue is my new home, now and indefinitely.
this last weekend, i flew into anchorage for a visit with my oncologist. Christmas shopping for my babies was also on the agenda. i also brought in some extra clothes that i haven’t used in awhile.
the first thing i did, after picking up my son, was to go to thebrother francis shelterand deliver the extra clothes. i made it a point to get my son involved so that he knows how help to those in need.
my father taught me about charitable work and about helping those in need. i’m going to make sure i teach my son the same lesson. happy holidays.
i’ll be honest with you, this week i’ve been feeling very sentimental, or emotional, if you will. i’m not sure what it is, but i’ve had this feeling that everyone we know and love should live ‘forever.’
don’t take life for granted. love one another. cherish those you love.
tuesday, nov. 23—at 2:30 AM, i officially wrapped filming ‘everybody loves whales’ in anchorage. at 5:20 PM, i flew home to kotzebue. later that night, i ‘fired up’ my snowmachine.
wednesday, nov. 24—i went to work in the morning. i slept and laid in bed for most of the afternoon. i was exhausted.
thursday, nov. 25—thanksgiving day. went out and shot a few ptarmigan. ate a great thanksgiving meal at my woman’s grandmother’s house. i proposed to the love of my life in front of her grandmother and few family members. she said yes.
friday, nov. 26—i went out and shot two caribou. my fiance and i packed away lots of meat for the freezer.
i am blessed for the ability to go out and live off the land. i am blessed for a great woman to share my life with. for this, i am thankful.